Three Team USA Gymnastics Employees Step Down Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations
Three Team USA Gymnastics executives stepped down amid sexual harassment allegations, according to a press release from USA Gymnastics on Monday.
The members of the Team USA Board of Directors stepped down after accusations they did not protect gymnasts from sexual abuse.
The resignations followed testimonies from Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber, who accused Team USA of being complicit after being abused by former Team USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar.
Nassar was already sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography Dec. 7.
“I will not rest until every last trace of your influence on this sport has been destroyed like cancer it is,” Raisman said during a testimony for Nassar’s sentencing Friday. Raisman said Team USA hasn’t acknowledged the extent of the issue, adding it previously gave the “decorated doctor” a spot on an advisory board that creates policies to protect athletes, reported BuzzFeed News.
Team USA released a statement on Twitter, emphasizing that the positions are now vacant.
“As the board identifies its next chair and fills the vacant board positions, we remain focused on working every day to ensure that our culture, policies and actions reflect our commitment to those we serve.” – Kerry Perry, president and CEO.
— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) January 22, 2018
A total of 144 women are expected to testify against Nassar.
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