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18 women sue ex-USA Gymnastics doctor in sex-assault case

In a statement, Michigan State University said an internal review “discovered no evidence that any individuals came forward to MSU with complaints about Nassar before Aug. 29, 2016, other than the 2014 complaint that was investigated by MSU Police and our Title IX office.”
Michigan State fired Nassar last fall and has launched an internal investigation.
“The university began an internal review in September, looking at all aspects of operations involving Nassar’s work at the university,” MSU’s statement continued. “It will continue as new information and/or allegations are brought forward. An external law firm is advising MSU on the review, which will result in disciplinary action if appropriate. Also, MSU initiated a separate review looking closely at our clinic policies and operations to determine if there are steps we should take to make improvements.”
An attorney for the alleged victims, Stephen Drew, said Michigan State University Police have since received more than 60 additional complaints since allegations against Nassar started to surface. MSU spokesman Jason Cody put that number lower, at around 50 complaints.
USA Gymnastics said in a statement that it’s appalled by the allegations against Nassar.
“When we first learned of athlete concerns regarding Dr. Nassar in the summer of 2015, we immediately notified the FBI and relieved him of any further assignments. USA Gymnastics has fully cooperated with the FBI in its investigation. We find it appalling that anyone would exploit a young athlete or child in this manner, and we are grateful to the athletes who have come forward.”
Calls to Twistars USA were not returned.
Nassar was arrested on the sexual assault charges last November. In December, a federal grand jury indicted him on child pornography charges.
Nassar, who has pleaded not guilty, is being held at the Newaygo County Jail in White Cloud, Michigan, on the federal charges.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory damages. It also seeks institutional reform and new measures of accountability to ensure the safety and protection of other young athletes.


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