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US Congressional panel releases answers to Nassar inquiries

01:36  14 february  2018
01:36  14 february  2018 Source:   ap.org

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The Indianapolis-based organization’s statement was part of its response to an initial congressional inquiry that was made public Tuesday. The leaders of a Senate subcommittee with jurisdiction over the health and safety of athletes also released answers provided by Michigan State University

LANSING, Mich. (AP) USA Gymnastics told Congress it has not used non-disclosure agreements in investigations except in the case of Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney, one of more than 200 women and girls who have said now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused them

  Congressional panel releases answers to Nassar inquiries © JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP LANSING, Mich. — USA Gymnastics told Congress it has not used non-disclosure agreements in investigations except in the case of Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney, one of more than 200 women and girls who have said now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused them under the guise of treatment.

The Indianapolis-based organization's statement was part of its response to an initial congressional inquiry that was made public Tuesday. The leaders of a Senate subcommittee with jurisdiction over the health and safety of athletes also released answers provided by Michigan State University — Nassar's longtime employer — and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

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The Indianapolis-based organization's statement was part of its response to an initial congressional inquiry that was made public Tuesday. The leaders of a Senate subcommittee with jurisdiction over the health and safety of athletes also released answers provided by Michigan State University

USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and Michigan State University have responded to initial inquiries from Congress regarding their handling of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. A Senate subcommittee made the institutions' answers public Tuesday.

The Senate probe, one of at least three investigations in Congress, is partly focused on the non-disclosure agreement for Maroney, who in December sued to invalidate the deal that had been reached with USA Gymnastics more than a year before. She said she was forced to sign the confidential settlement and argued it violated California law.

USA Gymnastics President and CEO Kerry Perry in a letter to Sens. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, and Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, denied that the organization coerced Maroney and said it had worked with its insurer to resolve the claim "expeditiously without the need for litigation." USA Gymnastics took "absolutely no action" against Maroney with respect to the confidentiality provision when she disclosed the abuse publicly in October and has publicly praised her for coming forward, Perry said. Maroney also had a victim impact statement read on her behalf when Nassar was recently sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison in Michigan.

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The Indianapolis-based organization's statement was part of its response to an initial congressional inquiry that was made public Tuesday. The leaders of a Senate subcommittee with jurisdiction over the health and safety of athletes also released answers provided by Michigan State University

"At this time, USA Gymnastics deems the parties mutually released from the mutual confidentiality agreement (and certain other settlement provisions challenged in her lawsuit) and has communicated that to Ms. Maroney's counsel," Perry wrote.

She also told the senators that USA Gymnastics has not used non-disclosure agreements in conjunction with other investigations.

But John Manly, an attorney representing many women and girls who were molested by Nassar, said Tuesday that the statement "is a lie." He said he has "spoken to USAG athletes bound by NDAs."

He said Maroney's suit continues because she wants an injunction "preventing them from engaging in this type of conduct in the future. It's very important to McKayla and her parents that no young girl gets treated this way again. We are also considering other action against USAG on behalf of McKayla."

A lawyer for the U.S. Olympic Committee said in a response to the Senate inquiry that its leadership was "to the best of its current knowledge" not aware of Maroney's settlement, including the non-disclosure provisions.

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(AP) — USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and Michigan State University have responded to initial inquiries from Congress regarding their handling of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. A Senate subcommittee made public the institutions’ answers Tuesday.

Congress releases answers to Nassar inquiries . 110d. The Indianapolis-based organization's statement was part of its response to an initial congressional inquiry that was made public Tuesday.

Michigan State, meanwhile, wrote to the senators that while a number of Nassar's former patients have said they told university coaches and trainers of their concerns about him as early as 1997, past and current employees "have said that they do not remember the alleged reports to them (some of which would have taken place as many as 20 years ago) as they have been described. To date, there has been no indication that any MSU employee understood at any time prior to September 2016 that Nassar engaged in sexual misconduct. As noted earlier, MSU continues to investigate and may learn more as part of the litigation discovery process."

Moran and Blumenthal said in a statement that they remain concerned about "potential systemic issues" within the three institutions and plan to seek additional clarification.

They declined further comment, saying they were waiting for responses from the remaining 53 national sports governing bodies as part of an expanded probe.

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Michigan State University has made some changes since Larry Nassar's trial .
Weeks after the remarkable sentencing of longtime sexual abuser Larry Nassar, Michigan State University has made several changes in personnel, policy and procedure as it faces investigations into its role, if any, in the scandal. Nassar, the doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State, was sentenced to lengthy prison sentences and admitted to using his trusted position to sexually abuse young girls for more than two decades. Scores of them came forward and told heart-wrenching stories of his abuse, and several blamed Michigan State for dismissing their complaints and failing to stop him.

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