Nassar victims file lawsuits in Houston against USAG, USOC, and MSU

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Published: Apr. 19, 2018 at 11:32 AM EDT
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Thursday afternoon in Houston, another Nassar victim held a press conference regarding a lawsuit she has filed against the former doctor.

Attorneys Mo Aziz of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz, Texas attorney Michelle Simpson Tuegel, and Michigan attorney James White, all filed lawsuits on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 alleging that women ranging from age 14 to age 41 were sexually molested by Larry Nassar.

They say that at the time of the assaults and abuse that Larry Nassar was employed and working as the USA Team Gymnastics doctor and as a Michigan State University team doctor.

These lawsuits allege that Nassar molested the victims under the guise of performing medical treatment.

The lawsuit also alleges that USA Gymnastics breached its duty to reveal the abuse to the victims' families, as well as the U.S. Olympic Committee, Michigan State University, and law enforcement agencies.

"The thousands of children and young women who participate in the sport of gymnastics and those who participate in college athletics deserve to be protected," said victims' attorney Mo Aziz.

"As a former athlete who competed in a sport for the United States myself, I know the complete trust these young women put in their coaches, their trainers, and organizations like FIG and USAG. Not only did they fail to protect these young women, they also have continued to engage in a culture of silence that is designed to protect their multi-million dollar institutions and enterprises rather than protect the bodies and spirits of these young female athletes," said victims' attorney Michelle Simpson Tuegel.

"The trauma these women have suffered as a result of the sexual abuse and assaults has only been made worse by the failure of these institutions to take meaningful responsibility for what happened to these young girls on their watch," said victims' attorney James White.

The press conference was held at noon CST at the law firm's office in Houston, Texas.

A copy of the complaint is attached to this web story.