Gymnastics scandal: Aly Raisman sues US Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics
- Author: Theresa Obrien Mar 03, 2018,
Mar 03, 2018, 0:18
Nassar spent almost three decades at USA Gymnastics before being fired in 2015 following complaints about his behavior.
Raisman, several high-profile gymnasts and two USA senators had been calling for his ouster for weeks. Team USA also failed to contact Michigan State University, Nassar's former employer, for allowing Nassar to continue his abuse.
Raisman, a gold medalist who competed at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, was among more than 100 women who alleged Nassar sexually abused them.
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Nassar worked for USA Gymnastics for nearly three decades.
Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar appears in court for his final sentencing phase in Eaton County Circuit Court, Feb. 5, 2018 in Charlotte, Michigan.
According to the lawsuit, Nassar had unlimited access to Raisman and other athletes while they trained at the Karolyi Ranch, and a USA Gymnastics trainer was sometimes in the room as he digitally penetrated the girls, claiming he was performing "intravaginal therapy".
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Other victims of Nassar are also suing him in federal court in MI, with an amended complaint including the first young male victim to publicly allege sexual abuse.
Jacob Moore, a freshman at the University of MI and a former member of the US Men's Junior National Gymnastics team, alleged that when he was 16-years-old, Nassar performed acupuncture on his genitals and exposed them to a girl who was also a minor, when he sought medical treatment.
The abuse occurred during competitions and training, at events where the organizations were responsible for Ms. Raisman's safety and making sure that protocols were followed, the lawsuit said. The Committee also announced reform to help protect athletes from abuse.
The USOC is conducting an independent review of when former CEO Scott Blackmun and others learned the details about abuse cases at USA Gymnastics and whether they responded appropriately. Olympic Committee and Twistars Gymnastics, a Michigan-area club where Nassar treated injured gymnasts on a weekly basis.
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Raisman called out the USOC and USA Gymnastics for not being proactive when she first disclosed the allegations to the governing bodies.