The Houston law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner is hosting a press conference today, April 19th at 12:00 p.m. (CST) to discuss the lawsuit.
(Houston, Texas) Attorneys Mo Aziz of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner, Texas attorney Michelle Simpson Tuegel, and Michigan attorney James White, filed lawsuits on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 alleging that women ranging from age 14 to age 41 were sexually molested by Larry Nassar. At the time of the assaults and abuse Nassar was employed and working as the USA Team Gymnastics doctor and as a Michigan State University team doctor.
The lawsuits allege that USA Gymnastics and Michigan State team doctor molested the victims under the guise of performing medical treatment. The lawsuits state that during the course of Nassar’s “treatments,” he inserted “his bare, ungloved and unlubricated hand into the vagina or touched the vaginal area and bare breasts” of a number of the victims. The lawsuit also alleges that USA Gymnastics, the organization that hired the doctor, breached its duty to reveal the abuse to the victims’ families, the U.S. Olympic Committee, Michigan State University, and law enforcement agencies.
“The thousands of children and young women who participate in the sport of gymnastics and those who participate in college athletics deserve to be protected,” said victims’ attorney Mo Aziz.
“As a former athlete who competed in a sport for the United States myself, I know the complete trust these young women put in their coaches, their trainers, and organizations like FIG and USAG. Not only did they fail to protect these young women, they also have continued to engage in a culture of silence that is designed to protect their multi-million dollar institutions and enterprises rather than protect the bodies and spirits of these young female athletes,” said victims’ attorney Michelle Simpson Tuegel.
“The trauma these women have suffered as a result of the sexual abuse and assaults has only been made worse by the failure of these institutions to take meaningful responsibility for what happened to these young girls on their watch,” said victims’ attorney James White.
Victims will be present at a press conference with their legal team on April 19th at 12:00 p.m. (CST) at the law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner, located at 800 Commerce Street, Houston, Texas 77002.