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Gymnast Raisman sues U.S. Olympic Committee over Nassar abuse

Aly Raisman celebrates after winning a silver medal during to the women's floor exercise final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Rio Olympic Arena. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman has sued the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics over former USA Gymnastics' team doctor Larry Nassar's sexual abuse, contending the organization knew or should have known about his behavior.

Raisman's lawsuit, seeking unspecified damages, was filed on Wednesday in California state court in Santa Clara County. It was reported by NBC News on Friday.

Raisman, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, said in November she was sexually abused by Nassar. She was among nearly 200 gymnasts who gripped the country with their testimony about decades of abuse during his televised sentencing hearings.

Nassar pleaded guilty last year to molesting female athletes under the guise of medical treatment for nearly 20 years, and in January and February was given two prison sentences in Michigan of 40 to 125 years, and 40 to 175 years. He is also serving a 60-year federal term for child pornography convictions.


Despite having the power, authority and mandate to discipline Nassar, there was never any intervention by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Gymnastics or former top USA Gymnastics executives, who were also named as defendants, according to Raisman's lawsuit.

"To this day, Aly Raisman continues to suffer depression, anxiety and fear stemming from her abuse by defendant Nassar, which affects her daily life," the lawsuit said.

The USOC and a representative for Raisman did not immediately return requests for comment. USA Gymnastics, the sport's U.S. governing body, had no immediate comment.

The Nassar scandal prompted the entire board of directors at USA Gymnastics to resign, along with the president and athletic director at Michigan State University, where Nassar also worked. It also spawned lawsuits and criminal and civil investigations.

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