Two American gymnasts, one of whom won a medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, recently filed suit, claiming that the team doctor sexually assaulted and molested them. The medal-winning victim is identified only as Jane J.D. Doe. The second is Rachael Denhollander, who was 15 at the time of the allegations. As defendants, the suit lists the physician, USA Gymnastics, and various coaches and trainers.
The suit alleges that the team doctor, Dr. Larry Nassar (53), groped Doe’s private parts when he said he was performing osteopathic therapy. According to Doe, the doctor performed what he called an “inter-vaginal adjustment.” The medical community does not recognize such a procedure. Denhollander alleged that Nassar would massage her breasts and penetrate her vagina with his fingers without gloves while examining her at Michigan State University, where Dr. Nassar is a faculty member. What’s more, the lawsuit alleges that USA Gymnastics breached its obligation to report the abuse to law enforcement, the U.S. Olympic Committee, and the victims’ families.