"Under his leadership, USOC has focused almost all its efforts on money and medals while the safety of our athletes has taken a back seat", attorney John Manly, who represents many of Nassar's victims, including Raisman, said in a statement. I refuse to wait any longer for these organisations to do the right thing. "It is my hope that the legal process will hold them accountable and enable the change that is so desperately needed", she said in a statement.
Raisman's lawsuit claims both organizations failed to set protocols to monitor Nassar and his work. The lawsuit alleges he sometimes had an erection, according to NBC News.
Moore, now aged 18, was a member of the USA men's junior national team and is currently a freshman at the University of MI. The president and athletic director of Michigan State University, where Nassar worked, also stepped down. Several others gymnasts and the daughter of Nassar's former family friends have detailed in interviews and in court statements that Nassar abused them in his basement.
The civil case, seen by USA Today Sports, says that when Moore went to Nassar's home for treatment, the perverted doctor was already with a teenage female gymnast.
Team USA denied the allegations, claiming they were unaware of the gymnastic doctor's abuse.
The disgraced former physician, 54, was sentenced up to 175 years in prison on January 24 for sexually abusing scores of girls under the guise of treatment. The first alleged male victim filed a lawsuit alleging abuse Thursday, the Washington Post reported.
USA Gymnastics supports our athletes, like Aly Raisman, Jacob Moore and others, who have shared their experiences with abuse, and we are very sorry that any athlete has been hurt by the despicable crimes of Larry Nassar.
Aly Raisman spent months urging the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics to get serious about taking a long hard look into how Larry Nassar's abusive conduct was allowed to run unchecked for so long. The suit also offers damning details, such as an allegation that that even with a US gymnastics trainer present in the room, Nassar would penetrate girls with bare hands, saying it was for therapy purposes-and sometimes he had an erection.
The gymnast's attorney, John Manly, said that the USOC and USA Gymnastics were involved in a "conspiracy to silence victims and cover-up the largest child sex abuse scandal in history", according to ABC News.