The Latest: 1st male athlete sues over Nassar abuse
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal (all times local):
A University of Michigan freshman gymnast is believed to be the first man to file a lawsuit alleging he was sexually abused by disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar.
Jacob Moore was named as a plaintiff Wednesday in a federal suit filed by hundreds of women and girls against Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and others. Nassar is in prison for molesting gymnasts and others under the guise of treatment and for possessing child pornography.
Moore says he trained at Twistars, an elite Lansing-area gymnastics gym, from 2001 through 2015. He says Nassar treated him multiple times.
Moore says Nassar treated him in April 2016 for shoulder pain by administering acupuncture in and around his genitalia after pulling down Moore’s pants in front of a female gymnast who was a minor. Moore describes Nassar’s conduct as an assault performed for Nassar’s sexual pleasure.
Moore’s lawyer Tom Waun says he believes Moore is the first boy or man to sue Nassar.
Kyle Moore’s sister, Kamerin, a former U.S. national team member who also is suing, talked about Nassar’s treatment of her brother at a sentencing hearing in January.
Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman is suing the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics, claiming both organizations failed to properly police a disgraced former national team doctor now in prison for sexually abusing young athletes.
The lawsuit alleges negligence by the USOC and USA Gymnastics for failing to make sure appropriate protocols were followed to monitor Larry Nassar. Raisman also claims both organizations “knew or should have known” about Nassar’s conduct. The lawsuit was filed in Santa Clara, California, on Wednesday.
Nassar, who is named as a co-defendant, is serving decades in prison for molesting some of the sport’s top athletes and others as well as child pornography crimes.
Raisman, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time captain of the U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team, revealed last fall she was abused by Nassar. Raisman says in the lawsuit the abuse began in 2010 and continued through 2015.