A Michigan State University Doctor is suspended, accused of sexually abusing gymnasts, including an Olympic medalist.
Doctor Larry G. Nassar was a prominent longtime doctor for Team USA Gymnastics working as the physician for four Olympic games. Nassar currently works with gymnasts at Michigan State University, and has worked at Twistars Gymnastics Club in Mid-Michigan. He was also a physician at Holt High School. Two women are accusing him of sexually assaulting them in the 90s and early 2000s. A woman filed a civil lawsuit Thursday in California. Another woman filed a complaint against Nassar with police in Michigan.
One woman says he sexually assaulted her when she was 15 years old, while he was treating her for lower back pain in Michigan. Another woman claims Nassar was visibly aroused while examining her during a medical visit. The women both allege Nassar fondled and molested them multiple times during treatments. Vince Finaldi, an attorney for one of the women says: "Most sexual assault victims don't come forward until later, you know, there's a lot of shame, humiliation, embarrassment that comes along with sexual abuse, and it usually takes them a little bit of time to get the courage to come forward and say something about it. One of the reasons why she wanted to do that is to make sure that it stops and it doesn't happen to anyone else."
The Olympic medalist suing Nassar and USA Gymnastics lives in California. She claims she was examined alone in private rooms which is in violation of the rules.
Nassar has not been charged and denies the allegations. He no longer works for Holt Public Schools. MSU says Nassar is suspended temporarily from clinical and patient duties while it investigates. Dr. Nassar resigned as the team physician for USA Gymnastics last fall. An employee for Twistars Gymnastics club says the organization stands by Dr. Nassar 100-percent.
USA Gymnastics issued this statement: "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."