USA Gymnastics is arguing that the civil suits taking aim at the organization for abuse at the hands of former Olympic Dr. Larry Nassar should be dismissed.
The former Michigan State University doctor — who has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 130 victims — was sentenced Dec. 7 to 60 years behind bars for separate child porn charges.
The same day, USA Gymnastics released a statement saying it was “sorry that any athlete has been harmed during her or his gymnastics career,” and then filed a motion to dismiss a slew of civil suits against them from 93 former athletes.
In documents obtained by the Indy Star, the sports organization contends that “while Nassar is liable to the plaintiffs, USAG is not.
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Olympians Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman have all come forward with allegations against Nassar.
“Most of the plaintiffs failed to timely assert their claims, and, therefore, their claims are time-barred.”
United States Gymnastics also argues that “most of the plaintiffs allege they were assaulted at MSU, at Twistars or at Nassar’s home — places where Nassar was acting outside of any relationship with USAG.”
John Manly, an attorney for many of the abuse survivors, slammed USAG for the moveand at the time,said it was “indicative of their views on” the alleged victims.
Among those who have come forward with allegations against Nassar are Olympic athletes Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas.
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Inspired by the #metoo social media campaign, Maroney took to Twitter to recount the alleged abuse she endured at the hands of Nassar, often times under the guise of medical treatment.
In her victim-impact statement to the court she slammed the groups she believe allowed Nassar to flourish, including Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Council.
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Raisman similarly called for change to the cycles in place that “embolden such sexual abusers.”
“We must look at the organizations that protected Nassar for years,” she wrote in an essay for Players Tribune. “Until we understand the flaws in their systems, we can’t be sure something like this won’t happen again.”
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