First male victim comes forward against Larry Nassar

  • First male victim comes forward against Larry Nassar

First male victim comes forward against Larry Nassar

A male gymnast alleges in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that he was sexually abused by Larry Nassar, becoming the first known male victim to file suit against the former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State team doctor.

Nassar worked for both Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, the sport's national governing body.

"My highest priority has been to push for change, so future generations of athletes will be safer", Raisman said in a statement sent to NPR and other media outlets.

"It has become painfully clear that these organizations have no intention of properly addressing this problem", Raisman said.

Raisman said the USOC and USA Gymnastics allowed Nassar to continue abusing athletes by not telling the university about the conduct that led them to fire him.

"I refuse to wait any longer for these organizations to do the right thing", Raisman said in a statement.

The lawsuit aims to hold accountable the organizations-and people-who the gold medalist says knew or should have known about Nassar's abuse.

Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges and 10 counts of criminal sexual conduct in two state court cases in MI.

Victims connected with Nassar's work at Michigan State University had been coming forward alleging abuse since 1997.

Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison after having been found to have sexually harassed more than a hundred young women. Raisman was one of 156 survivors of Nassar's abuse who testified at a January sentencing hearing for the physician in MI.

Nassar, former USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny and Chairman of the Board Paul Parilla are also named as individual defendants in the complaint, which asks for a jury trial.

Nassar spent almost three decades at USA Gymnastics before being fired in 2015 after complaints about his behavior.

According to the Associated Press, Raisman's suit is one of more than 100 filed against Nassar, USA Gymnastics and the USOC.

The suit, which was filed in California, says USA Gymnastics and USOC endangered children and failed to live up to their stated mandate of protecting the athletes in their programs.

Other victims of Nassar are also suing him in federal court in MI, with an amended complaint including the first young male victim to publicly allege sexual abuse. The lawsuit claims Nassar brought Moore to a basement in his home, and administered "acupuncture in his pubic area and in and around his genitalia" to treat his shoulder.

Moore's sister, Kamerin, also is a victim and spoke during her victim-impact statement in January of how Nassar abused her brother. Team USA denied the allegations, claiming they were unaware of the gymnastic doctor's abuse. USA Gymnastics also declined to comment on Moore's complaint.