Congressional Support for Investigation of US Olympic Committee Grows - NBC10 Boston

The latest news on the national reckoning

Congressional Support for Investigation of US Olympic Committee Grows

Lawmakers want to know why the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics didn't remove Larry Nassar when abuse allegations were reportedly first brought to their attention, one senator says

Find NBC Boston in your area

Channel 10 on most providers

Channel 15, 60 and 8 Over the Air

    Winter Olympics PyeongChang 2018 Medal Count
    Country
    Total
    1
    Norway
    13141138
    2
    Germany
    138728
    3
    Canada
    118928
    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Larry Nassar Timeline

    More than 150 women and girls testified in court that disgraced doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused them.

    (Published Monday, Feb. 5, 2018)

    Six Republicans and 12 Democratic lawmakers have signed onto legislation to establish a special committee to investigate the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics handling of sexual abuse allegations against former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

    Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., says she's hopeful Senate leaders will back the effort once the chamber has dealt with an array of critical issues, namely keeping the federal government running. But she has not yet received a commitment.

    Nassar molested girls, including many gymnasts, who sought treatment for injuries. He is serving a 60-year prison sentence for child pornography crimes and has been sentenced twice to at least 40 years in Michigan prison for sexual assault, punishments that wouldn't start unless the 54-year-old outlives the federal sentence.

    Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, says Nassar's conviction doesn't end the matter. She says lawmakers want to know why the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics didn't remove Nassar when abuse allegations were reportedly first brought to their attention.

    Father of 3 Victims Lunges at Nassar

    [NATL] 'I Want That Son of a B----': Father of 3 Victims Lunges at Nassar

    Randall Margraves, the father of three young women who say they were abused by Larry Nassar, lunged at the ex-doctor during a court appearance on Friday. He was placed in handcuffs and escorted out, after telling the judge "I want that son of a b----." 

    (Published Friday, Feb. 2, 2018)

    In addition to lawmakers initating an investigation, USA Gymnastics announced Wednesday it would be taking steps to address those who have suffered from sexual abuse in a press release

    The foundation will establish the Athlete Assistance Fund, in cooperation with the National Gymnastics Foundation, to provide the financial means and guidance for gymnasts that have suffered sexual abuse in the sport of gymnastics to obtain counseling services, according to the press release.