The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) was reportedly warned that former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sexually abusing minors decades before he faced any consequences, according to a new court filing reviewed by The New York Times.
Former USA Gymnastics President Kathy Scanlan, who served from 1994 to 1998, said in a sworn statement that she had notified the USOC that Nassar was accused of sexual abuse shortly after she began her tenure. In the statement, which she gave last month and was filed in a lawsuit on Wednesday, Scanlan said the USOC discouraged her from pursuing the case, the Times reported.
Scanlan claims the USOC told her she should not follow the organization’s protocol for investigating those accused of sexual abuse.
“U.S.O.C.’s challenge to disciplining professional members in this fashion (specifically impeding the ability to ban, suspend or investigate a member) would have inhibited me from adequately protecting minor members,” Scanlan said in her statement, according to the Times. – READ MORE