USA Gymnastics Claims Ignorance as a Defense in Aly Raisman’s Sexual Abuse Lawsuit
USA Gymnastics is demanding to be let out of Aly Raisman’s lawsuit, which accuses them of covering up the sexual abuse caused by Dr. Larry Nassar.
According to The Blast, USA Gymnastics argues that they were ignorant of his decades of abuse of hundreds of athletes.
Raisman sued the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and USA Gymnastics (USAG) over the repeated sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of Nassar, who was sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to criminal sexual conduct and child pornography.
On September 6, USA Gymnastics filed court docs responding to Raisman’s lawsuit.
USAG says they have no doubt that Nassar caused physical and emotional pain on Raisman and describe her having “tremendous strength and courage.”
However, they argue that California law is very clear and only the perpetrator can be held liable for sexual harassment claims. They claim Raisman failed to point out any specific evidence that USAG officials had prior knowledge of Nassar’s sexual abuse.
Aly Raisman accused them of failing to supervise staff to report and stop inappropriate sexual abuse and for allegedly helping Nassar cover up his sexual abuse.
USAG adds, “Ignorance without a reason to be suspicious is not a legal basis for ratification.”
They are asking for the case to be dismissed.