Victims' Attorneys Manly, Stewart & Finaldi And Drew, Cooper & Anding Call For State And Federal Investigation Of Michigan State University And USA Gymnastics For Alleged Sexual Assaults By Dr. Larry Nassar
IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorneys representing more than 15 alleged victims of former Michigan State University professor and USA Gymnastics team physician, Dr. Larry Nassar, called for an independent investigation of USA Gymnastics and MSU, alleging that Dr. Nassar sexually assaulted and molested their clients. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's office obtained a felony warrant for Dr. Larry Nassar Monday, November 21, 2016, on three charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13, according to court records. It is alleged that Nassar repeatedly assaulted a girl between 1998 to 2005 beginning when she was six years old. The charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. Nassar pled not guilty to the charges and bail was set at 1 million dollars. These charges followed a complaint filed with the Michigan State Police by former gymnast Rachael Denhollender and civil lawsuits by two other gymnasts, Jane LM Doe, a former NCAA champion, and Jane JD Doe an Olympic medalist. "We applaud the efforts by Attorney General Schuette to protect children from sexual abuse by filing charges against Dr. Nassar. We strongly encourage The Attorney General and the U.S. Attorney to conduct a full investigation of USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University to determine why they failed to discover, report and stop Nassar's dangerous and unlawful conduct," said Victim's Attorney John Manly, who represents the two unnamed victims in the civil suits. The lawsuit by Jane JD Doe, a medalist at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, alleged that Nassar, while serving as the USA Gymnastics team doctor, groped and fondled the victim's private parts under the guise of performing osteopathic therapy. Attorneys for Jane LM Doe, a nationally ranked NCAA champion gymnast and former member of the United States women's national team filed suit alleging that USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar sexually assaulted and abused her while she was training at the USA Gymnastics team training center at Károlyi Ranch, owned by famed coaches Béla and Márta Károlyi. Both of these athletes are represented by Manly, Stewart & Finaldi. "The charges filed by the Michigan Attorney General point to a long history of alleged misconduct by Dr. Nassar which Michigan State University should have recognized and reported to authorities. Any other people who have information about Dr. Nassar's misconduct during his 23-year career should immediately come forward and give information to the authorities," said Victim's Attorney Stephen Drew, a partner in Drew Cooper & Anding. Mr. Drew and Mr. Manly represent more than 15 girls and women who allege that Dr. Nassar molested them at MSU. Manly, Stewart & Finaldi is California's leading law firm representing child victims of sexual abuse. The firm has represented more than 150 victims of clergy sexual abuse in California and hundreds of others throughout the United States. The firm also represented plaintiffs in the $140,000,000 settlement against LAUSD in the Miramonte case, the largest sex abuse settlement against a School District in the US. Drew, Cooper & Anding is a Grand Rapids, Michigan based law firm specializing in personal injury, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, consumer protection, and complex commercial litigation.