Raisman files lawsuit against USOC, USA Gymnastics
3/2/2018 4:37:31 PM EST
Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is suing the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics in response to the sexual abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar.
Nassar, who worked as an osteopathic physician for USA Gymnastics and was a faculty member at Michigan State, was convicted in three courts of charges that included abusing his patients. More than 200 victims, including Raisman, spoke at his sentencing hearing.
The lawsuit, filed in California on Wednesday, alleges 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.
"My highest priority has been to push for change, so future generations of athletes will be safer," Raisman said in a statement released to multiple media outlets, including ESPN and USA Today. "It has become painfully clear that these organizations have no intention of properly addressing this problem.
"After all this time, they remain unwilling to conduct a full investigation, and without a solid understanding of how this happened, it is delusional to think sufficient changes can be implemented. Meanwhile, thousands of young athletes continue to train and compete every day in this same broken system.
"I refuse to wait any longer for these organizations to do the right thing. It is my hope that the legal process will hold them accountable and enable the change that is so desperately needed."
The 23-year-old Raisman was captain for both the gold-medal-winning 2012 and 2016 U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics teams. Raisman said she was abused by Nassar beginning in 2010, including at the U.S. national team training facility at the Karolyi Ranch training center in Texas and the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Nassar, 54, is serving a 60-year sentence at a federal prison in Tucson, Ariz., on child pornography charges. He has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in one Michigan county and 40 to 125 years in another, both on sexual assault charges.
--Field Level Media