Olympic gymnastics star Raisman demands probe of Nassar abuse

Muriel Hammond
January 20, 2018

On Friday - amid growing calls from lawmakers and local newspapers in Michigan for the resignation of president Lou Anna Simon - Michigan State's board of trustees asked the state Attorney General's office to conduct an independent review of the school's culpability for Nassar's crimes.

"The tables have turned Larry", she said. She also accused USA Gymnastics of "rotting from the inside". Where is the transparency?

On Friday, Raisman - who had previously said she would not attend the sentencing but said she changed her mind after hundreds of victim-impact statements - spoke for 13 minutes, railing against Nassar's practices and USA Gymnastics for overlooking reports of Nassar's abuse.

"She said, 'I can file this, but there are going to be serious consequences for you and Nassar.' I said I didn't want to get anyone in trouble".

After days of testimony from other athletes, Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman faced her abuser in court Friday.

Judge Jack Robison apologized to jurors for the interruption but defended his actions by telling them, "When God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it", according to the Herald-Zeitung, in New Braunfels.

When she was 15, Maroney said in her statement, Nassar gave her a sleeping pill for a flight to Tokyo. "It was a stress - as it says at the end, it was like a cathartic, you know what I mean, it was just a - it was meant for a cry for community mental health", he said. "A simple fact is this: If MSU, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic committee had paid attention to any of the red flags in Larry Nassar's behavior, I would have never met him".

"Raisman, co-captain of the US women's gymnastics squad at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games, called for an independent investigation into USA gymnastics and Olympic officials who she said had the power to stop Nassar".

Another Olympic gold medalist has come forward to say that she too was sexually assaulted by a former sports doctor who also worked at USA Gymnastics.

"But even thought I am a victim, I do not and will not live my life as one".

"I had no idea he was sexually abusing me for his own benefit", she told the court.

This was the first and only time Raisman used the word "victim" in relation to her or anyone else.

Wieber, as many women have done before her this week, noted that Nassar was not the only person who should be held accountable for these horrifying acts. "You left midway through the day, and no one has heard from you or the board", Raisman said.

Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison on child pornography charges. I am an Olympian. You took advantage of our passions and our dreams.

That criticism has not gone unheard.

USA Gymnastics is ending its long relationship with the Karolyi Ranch. The defendant's attorney asked for a mistrial but was denied.

"After watching many of these heartbreaking statements and reading accounts about them, we have concluded that only a review by your office can resolve the questions in a way that the victims, their families, and the public will deem satisfactory and that will help all those affected by Nassar's awful crimes to heal", the university's board said in a letter to Schuette requesting his help.

Michigan State on Friday cited a previous letter to Schuette from its lawyer, former US attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, saying "the evidence will show that no MSU official believed that Nassar committed sexual abuse prior to newspaper reports in the summer of 2016". John Manly, an attorney for more than 100 accusers, has said the three institutions "miserably failed children", and he has likened what happened with Nassar to the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State University.

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