Maroney and Raisman each sued the USOC over the repeated sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of Dr. Nassar, who was sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to criminal sexual conduct and child pornography.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the USOC filed responses in each case, claiming that “Nassar was a full-time employee of Michigan State University and working as the USA Gymnastics team doctor. Both of these organizations are separate and independent from the United States Olympic Committee, which neither employed nor controlled Nassar.”
They claim that under the law, the USOC is not legally responsible for Nassar’s crimes.
The USOC argues “that a defendant has no duty to protect against the criminal acts of a third party absent a special relationship. Here, the Complaint fails to allege the basis of a special relationship between Plaintiff and USOC.”
In their response, the USOC also argues that “the Complaint fails to allege any of the requisite mental states which range from an intent to aid Nassar (Masha’s Law), an intent to deceive Plaintiff (constructive fraud), or recklessness as to Nassar’s behavior (intentional infliction of emotional distress). In fact, the Complaint expressly states that USOC was not even aware of Nassar’s misconduct until USA Gymnastics terminated its relationship with him and reported him to law enforcement in 2015.”
The USOC seeks to have both cases dismissed.