Nassar abuse scandal heads to HBO in 2019
A film about the Larry Nassar abuse scandal will air on TV in 2019, HBO Documentary Films announced this week.
"At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal" documentary will premiere on HBO, the cable company said. It did not announce a date for airing.
Produced by David Ulich and Dr. Steven Ungerleider, the film "depicts a landscape in which women spend their youth seeking victory on a world stage, juxtaposed against a culture where abuse prevails and lives are damaged forever," the announcement by HBO said. It will study how Nassar, who worked for two decades as U.S. National Women's Gymnastics Team doctor and Michigan State University sports doctor, "could go unchecked for so many years."
The documentary is directed by Erin Lee Carr and features interviews with survivors of Nassar, who was sentenced this year to 60 years in prison on child pornography charges and up to 175 years for sexual abuse of young female athletes under the guise of medical treatment.
Producers Ulich and Underleider have been involved in the Olympic movement for 40 years, HBO said. Ungerleider's book, "Faust's Gold," is about East German doping.
A $500 million settlement was reached in May between Michigan State University and 332 women and girls who said they were sexually assaulted by Nassar.