Sisters file lawsuits in USA Gymnastics abuse scandal

Associated Press

Los Angeles – A former Olympic gymnast and her sister, who also competed on the national team, claim in lawsuits that USA Gymnastics enabled and failed to prevent sexual abuse by the team’s former doctor, Larry Nassar.

The civil suits filed Monday in Los Angeles by Tasha and Jordan Schwikert also name as defendants the U.S. Olympic Committee and Nassar.

USA Gymnastics and the USOC didn’t respond to emails seeking comment. Nassar is in prison after hundreds of girls and women said he abused them under the guise of medical treatment.

The sisters both claim Nassar assaulted them. They allege in court filings that the organizations failed to take abuse allegations seriously.

Tasha Schwikert won bronze at the 2000 Games in Sydney. Jordan Schwikert was an elite college gymnast and now is a coach.