United States Olympic officials were first alerted to Dr. Larry Nassar’s sexually predatory behavior in 2015, according to a report released Thursday.
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) failed to protect female gymnasts from Nassar’s sexual abuse, despite hearing complaints from gymnastics officials, reported the Wall Street Journal. While USOC claimed that it had “deepest regrets” over Nassar’s abuse of at least 175 young women and girls, two top officials learned about the doctor’s sexual misconduct in 2015, according to WSJ sources.
USOC originally claimed that officials first learned about Nassar from media reports when the scandal went public in 2016. As a result, McKayla Maroney, an Olympic gold-medal winning gymnast and victim of Nassar, was the first to sue USOC for failing to protect gymnasts and lying about when they first learned about the disgraced doctor’s abuse.
The organization also claimed that it is launching an “independent investigation into the decades-long abuse by Larry Nassar to determine what complaints were made, when, to whom, and what was done in response,” according to USOC spokesman Mark Jones.
Nassar will hear from 57 more victims at another court.
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