Former USA Gymnastics doctor accused of sexually assaulting gymnasts
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– A longtime USA Gymnastics physician faces accusations of sexual abuse from two former gymnasts, including an Olympic medalist.
In a lawsuit filed against Dr. Larry Nassar, two former gymnasts say they were molested during treatments in the 1990s and early 2000s, according to our newsgathering partners at the Indianapolis Star.
IndyStar interviewed the women separately, and their accounts of the alleged sexual abuse closely mirrored each other.
The women said the doctor fondled their breasts and genitals. One victim said he spoke about oral sex and made other inappropriate comments. During one visit, the other victim said he was visibly aroused during the examination.
Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics provided the following statement to IndyStar:
Dr. Nassar is no longer affiliated with USA Gymnastics. Upon learning of athlete concerns, USA Gymnastics immediately notified law enforcement. Since then, we have cooperated fully with the law enforcement agency, including refraining from making further statements or taking any other action that might interfere with the agency’s investigation. We are grateful to the athletes for coming forward to share their concerns.
Nassar, now a faculty member at Michigan State University, has not been charged with any crime. His lawyer, Matthew Borgula, told IndyStar Nassar “emphatically” denies any wrongdoing.
Michigan State University said it suspended Nassar from “clinical and patient duties” Aug. 30, when it received the criminal complaint. He will remain suspended during the investigation.
One of the victims, who said it took her more than a decade to come to terms with Nassar’s alleged crimes, said in the lawsuit she “suffered immensely” from anxiety, depression, a lack of trust and “self-medicating behavior.”