Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Olympic star Raisman sues US Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics over Nassar abuse

Olympic star Raisman sues US Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics over Nassar abuse

The lawsuit alleges that the USOC, "at the highest levels of its organization", was aware of Nassar's abuse and harassment of female gymnasts in his role as team doctor, according to ESPN. The lawsuit alleges he sometimes had an erection, according to NBC News. News. "USA Gymnastics supports our athletes...who have shared their experiences with abuse, and we are very sorry that any athlete has been hurt by the despicable crimes of Larry Nassar", the statement read.

She also filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court in California against the US Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, disgraced doctor Larry Nassar and others over the allegation, reported CNN. She is one of the most decorated gymnasts in US history with a total of six Olympic medals, two team golds at world championships and 13 national championship medals.

Raisman, a six-time Olympic medalist and former team captain, says in the complaint that Nassar sexually abused her at the Karolyi Ranch National Training Center and at competitions both in the United States and overseas, including the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

USA Gymnastics and the USOC did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press. Nassar, who served as the medical director for USA Gymnastics for almost three decades and worked at Michigan State University through 2016, was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison after more than 150 women or girls said in court he sexually abused them.

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He was sentenced to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges and 300 years in prison on the state charges. "It has become painfully clear that these organizations have no intention of properly addressing this problem", Raisman said in a statement.

Nassar worked for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State for decades and continued to sexually abuse and harass women and girls even as some of his victims spoke up.

The lawsuit was filed on the same day USOC CEO Scott Blackmun announced his resignation, citing health issues.

The USOC and USA Gymnastics, the suit said, "Failed to implement reasonable safeguards to avoid acts of unlawful sexual conduct by (Nassar) in the future, including avoiding placement of Nassar in a position where contact and interaction with children is an inherent function". Raisman said the USOC and USA Gymnastics allowed Nassar to continue abusing athletes by not telling the university about the conduct that led them to fire him. USA Gymnastics also ended its relationship with the Karolyi Ranch in January and is now searching for a new training center.

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