Olympic Wrestler Says University Doctor Abused Him

Andy Hrovat adds to allegations against Michigan doctor
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 21, 2020 12:35 AM CST
Wrestler Adds to Abuse Allegations Against Michigan Doctor
Andy Hrovat during an interview about his experience with doctor who has been accused by several former students of molesting them during medical exams at the University of Michigan.   (AP Photo/John Leyba)

(Newser) – An Olympic wrestler on Thursday accused a University of Michigan doctor of touching him inappropriately during medical exams at the school and said the physician's reputation for such conduct was well known among his teammates. Andy Hrovat, who competed for the US in the 2008 Summer Olympics, tells the AP that the encounters with the late Dr. Robert E. Anderson happened during his freshman year in 1998. "I would like to let people know that it's OK to come out," Hrovat says. "It's OK to let your voice be heard." He is the first athlete to make public accusations against Anderson following complaints this week from other former students that the doctor, who died in 2008, sexually abused them decades ago.

"I was warned about him from teammates, saying, 'If anything happens and you go see the doctor, he's going to inappropriately touch you, that's just what Dr. A does,'" Hrovat says. He declined to describe the exam, saying he was uncomfortable talking about it. University President Mark Schlissel apologized Thursday to "anyone who was harmed" by Anderson. His comment came a day after the school announced that it had launched an investigation into Anderson's behavior following abuse allegations from five former patients. University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald says that since the investigation was announced, 22 people have called a hotline to report on interactions with Anderson, onetime director of the University Health Service and physician for the football team.

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