Aly Raisman wants to question Larry Nassar in prison

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Two-time Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman has filed court documents requesting permission to take a deposition from 55-year-old disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State physician Larry Nassar, who is currently serving time at United States Penitentiary, Coleman II in central Florida roughly 50 miles northwest of Orlando, 60 miles northeast of Tampa and 35 miles south of Ocala.

Raisman, who won six medals, including three gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is one of the many people who have accused Nassar of sexual assault.

Raisman has undoubtedly been one of the most vocal critics if not the most vocal critic of the people and institutions that protected, defended and enabled Nassar for more than 20 years while he got away with his predatory behavior, including but not limited to USA Gymnastics, the United States Olympic Committee and Michigan State University, all of which she has sued.

As a part of her lawsuit against USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee, the 24-year-old Needham, Massachusetts native wants Nassar to tell her who else know about his sexual assault and did not do anything about it. She is seeking information regarding where and how many times his acts of sexual assault occurred as well as who knew about them and when.

Raisman has stated that Nassar has not yet responded to the letter demanding his deposition, and she believes that he does not currently have a lawyer.

USA Gymnastics recently filed court documents in response to Raisman that stated the following, according to The Blast.

“This case arises from despicable acts of criminal sexual abuse perpetrated by former physician and now-convicted felon Larry Nassar on Olympic gymnast, Alexandra Raisman.”

They claim that there is no question that Nassar inflicted physical and emotional pain on Raisman and that she has responded to his actions with “tremendous strength and courage”.

However, they also argued that only the perpetrator can be held liable for sexual harassment claims, per California law. They claimed that Raisman has failed to point out specific evidence of any of their officials knowing about Nassar’s predatory behavior and failing to act on that knowledge.

As a result, they also stated the following in these documents, according to The Blast.

“Ignorance without a reason to be suspicious is not a legal basis for ratification.”

Nassar is set to spend the rest of his life in prison. He was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison back in December on three child pornography charges by U.S. District Judge Janet Neff.

Nassar was serving this prison sentence at United States Penitentiary, Tucson, a maximum-security federal prison in Tucson, Arizona, before his lawyers revealed that he was physically assaulted within hours of his release into the general population of the prison.

Weeks later, Nassar was transferred to the Federal Transfer Center, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and he was recently transferred to United States Penitentiary, Coleman II.

In January, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sentenced Nassar to between 40 and 175 years in state prison on seven sexual assault charges following a seven-day sentencing hearing in Ingham County, Michigan during which 169 victim impact statements were delivered in front of Nassar in court.

Of those 169 victim impact statements, 156 were delivered by people who have accused Nassar of sexual assault and the other 13 were delivered on the behalves of those who have accused him of sexual assault.

Raisman is one of Nassar’s accusers who delivered her victim impact statement during this sentencing hearing, and her statement was a scathing statement that got worldwide attention almost immediately.

In February, Judge Janice Cunningham sentenced Nassar between an additional 40 and 125 more years in state prison on three more sexual assault charges following a three-day sentencing hearing in Eaton County, Michigan during which 65 victim impact statements were delivered in front of Nassar in court.

The father of three of Nassar’s accusers attempted to attack Nassar in court during this sentencing hearing.

In June, Nassar was charged with six counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child in stemming from the Károlyi Ranch investigation in Texas, but he was not issued any additional prison time as a result of these charges.

Nassar has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 330 individuals, many of whom female gymnasts, under the guise of medical treatment for more than two decades.

In addition to Raisman, among those who have accused Nassar of sexual assault are Olympic champion gymnasts Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Madison KocianMcKayla MaroneyKyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber.

 

-Asher Fair

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