USA Gymnastics Receives Sexual Assault Lawsuit Filed Against Them



A lawsuit was filed on September 8, 2016 by a gymnast who was a former U.S. Women’s National Team Member, 2000 Olympian, and NCAA champion against the following (taken directly from the complaint):

  1.  Defendant, DOE 1, – The Perpetrator, who was said to be the National Medical Director, National Team Physician, Osteopathic Physician, and certified athletic trainer to provide care, treatment, and athletic training from 1986 – 2016 of DOE 2 (see below).
  2. Defendant, DOE 2 – The national governing body for gymnastics in the United States
  3. Defendant, DOE 3 – President of DOE 2 from 1994 – 1998
  4. Defendant, DOE 4 – President of DOE 2 from 1998 – 2005
  5. Defendant, DOE 5 – President of DOE 2 from 2005 – Present
  6. Defendants, DOE 6 – 500 (including DOE 1- 5) – Individuals, corporations, partnerships, and/or other entities that engaged in, joined in, and conspired with other Defendants and wrongdoers in carrying out the torturous and unlawful activities described in the Complaint.


The complaint that has been filed lists the following allegations:

  1. sexual assault
  2. sexual battery
  3. gender violence
  4. sexual harassment
  5. unfair business practices
  6. intentional infliction of emotional distress
  7. constructive fraud
  8. negligence
  9. negligent supervision
  10. negligent hiring/retention
  11. negligent failure to warn, train, or educate


You can read the full legal document by clicking on the file below. (Please be aware that there is material in the document that may not be suitable for all audiences.)


This is yet another blow to USA Gymnastics after the article criticizing USA Gymnastics on their handling of alleged reports of sexual misconduct by coaches towards gymnasts.

Source: court documents (attached)

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