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Jordyn Wieber files lawsuit against Nassar, MSU, USA Gymnastics

April 18, 2018
Olympic gold medalist and gymnast Jordan Wieber wipes away tears during her statement on the fourth day of ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics Dr. Larry Nassar's sentencing on Jan. 19, 2018 at the Ingham County Circuit Court in Lansing. (Nic Antaya | The State News)
Olympic gold medalist and gymnast Jordan Wieber wipes away tears during her statement on the fourth day of ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics Dr. Larry Nassar's sentencing on Jan. 19, 2018 at the Ingham County Circuit Court in Lansing. (Nic Antaya | The State News) —

Olympic gymnast Jordyn Wieber filed a lawsuit against MSU, USA Gymnastics, ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar and others in the Los Angeles Superior Court.

The lawsuit lists 12 complaints, including sexual harassment, sexual battery and negligence. 

“The organizations that were responsible for caring for the Plaintiff, and the individuals within those organizations who the Plaintiff trusted to keep her safe, knew or should have known that NASSAR was molesting athletes but turned a blind eye to these warnings in order to maintain the status quo and in utter dereliction of their legal, moral, and ethical duties to protect the Plaintiff; a minor at the time who could not appreciate the risk she was subjected to,” the lawsuit said. “Despite her trust placed in coaches, those in positions of authority over NASSAR, and those mandated to report suspected sexual abuse to law enforcement, the Plaintiff and her family were deceived by the Defendants and was subjected to known risks of abuse by NASSAR.”

Wieber is still dealing with the emotional and psychological effects of the abuse, the suit said.

The suit is demanding a jury trial and “appropriate statutory damages,” according to the filing.

Read the full complaint here.

Wieber publicly acknowledged Nassar's abuse for the first time during his sentencing in Ingham County.

Wieber's lawsuit joins the more than 250 women and girls suing MSU, Nassar and others.

Nassar is in federal prison in Arizona serving a 60-year sentence. He was also sentenced to 40 to 175 years in Ingham County and 40 to 125 years in Eaton County for charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

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