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It's a Good Day for Michael Jackson Accusers

Appeals court tentatively says lawsuits by Wade Robson, James Safechuck can proceed

(Newser) - Looks like two of Michael Jackson's best-known accusers may have another day in court. A California appeals court has tentatively ruled that lawsuits by Wade Robson and James Safechuck—who accused Jackson in the HBO documentary Finding Neverland of molesting them as boys—should get fresh consideration by a... More »

He's Accused of 'Protecting a Child Molester.' Now, a $2.4M Payoff

Scott Blackmun, ex-CEO of US Olympic Committee, allegedly let Nassar abuse continue

(Newser) - Gymnasts who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Larry Nassar just learned the man who allegedly allowed that abuse to continue walked away with $2.4 million in severance. Scott Blackmun—the former CEO of the US Olympic Committee, now dubbed the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee—learned about... More »

Star Gymnast on Abuse: 'I Denied It ... Buried It'

Simone Biles says she's stronger now

(Newser) - Simone Biles said she wanted to be seen as a top gymnast, not as a victim. She hesitated to tell anyone that she'd been sexually abused —or to confront the matter herself. "And so I denied it, and I buried it," the athlete told actress Priyanka... More »

Another Michigan State President to Resign

Over comments he made about the victims of Dr. Larry Nassar

(Newser) - Former Gov. John Engler will resign as interim president of Michigan State University amid public backlash over his comments about women and girls sexually assaulted by now-imprisoned campus sports doctor Larry Nassar, a member of the school's Board of Trustees said Wednesday. Joel Ferguson told the AP that board... More »

Interim MSU Prez 'Makes Catholic Bishops Look Enlightened'

Backlash follows John Engler's comments on assault survivors

(Newser) - The last thing Michigan State University needs is another controversy. Its interim president has created one anyway with comments suggesting some of Larry Nassar's sexual assault victims crave the spotlight. "In some ways [survivors who haven't been in the spotlight] have been able to deal with this... More »

Larry Nassar Shocks in Jailhouse Interview

Seems he was never really sorry

(Newser) - A scathing new report paints Larry Nassar as unrepentant and Michigan State University as dodging the long arm of the law, CNN reports. Released Friday, the Michigan Attorney General's Office report is an update on its probe into MSU's handling of Nassar's shocking history of sexual abuse.... More »

Year's Most Notable Quote Comes From Rudy Giuliani

Yale ranks his 'the truth isn't the truth' line as No. 1 for 2018

(Newser) - Yale Law School is out with its annual list of the year's 10 most notable quotes, and it is not President Trump but one of his attorneys, Rudy Giuliani, that has the No. 1 spot. "The truth isn't the truth." Giuliani uttered it to NBC's... More »

USA Gymnastics Won't Jump, So USOC Will Push It

Organization refused to give it status voluntarily

(Newser) - USA Gymnastics has refused to give up its status at the sport's national governing body, so the US Olympic Committee has started what could be a months-long process to force it out. The USOC first moved to decertify USA Gymnastics earlier this month, saying the organization had failed to... More »

Lawyer on Charges Against Ex-MSU President: 'Baseless'

Lou Anna Simon accused of making false or misleading statements in Larry Nassar case

(Newser) - She was the first woman president at Michigan State University, but her career there ended in the aftermath of Larry Nassar . Now Lou Anna Simon has a new problem to deal with: The Lansing State Journal reports she's the third person from MSU to be hit with charges from... More »

20 Years of Deception: How Larry Nassar Got Away With It

The Cut: 'The trick was to establish traditional medical credibility and then get weird'

(Newser) - It's a simple question regarding Larry Nassar, the imprisoned pedophile who raped hundreds of young gymnasts: "How did he deceive so many for so long?" The question is posed in the headline of a lengthy story at the Cut by Kerry Howley, who begins by disputing the notion... More »

USOC Moves to Shut Down USA Gymnastics

First step toward decertification has been taken

(Newser) - The US Olympic Committee took steps Monday to decertify USA Gymnastics as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level, choosing the nuclear option for an organization that botched its own rebuilding attempt in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar. In an... More »

Ex-USA Gymnastics Head Indicted, Arrested

Steve Penny is accused of evidence tampering

(Newser) - Former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny was arrested Wednesday after a Texas grand jury indicted him, alleging he tampered with evidence in the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. In a statement issued late Wednesday night, the Walker County district attorney's office in Huntsville, Texas, said... More »

Suit: MSU Knew About Video of Nassar Raping Teen in 1992

Former athletic director George Perles accused in cover-up

(Newser) - Michigan State University had knowledge of a videotape showing Larry Nassar raping a 17-year-old field hockey player some 25 years before his downfall, according to a new lawsuit. The federal suit filed Monday on behalf of several plaintiffs specifically describes Erika Davis visiting the MSU sports doctor for help with... More »

Another Head Rolls at USA Gymnastics

Kerry Perry resigns as president of scandal-hit organization

(Newser) - Kerry Perry resigned under pressure as USA Gymnastics president Tuesday, the move coming days after the US Olympic Committee questioned her ability to lead a path forward for an organization rocked by scandal. Perry spent nine months on the job and repeatedly came under scrutiny by athletes who felt she... More »

New USA Gymnastics Coach Fired After Only 3 Days

Mary Lee Tracy contacted Aly Raisman without permission

(Newser) - Not a month into her new job as CEO of the US Olympic Committee, Sarah Hirshland has seen enough from USA Gymnastics. She's calling for yet another shake-up in the federation's leadership as it tries to remake itself in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal. Hirshland... More »

Larry Nassar Leaves Tucson Prison After Reported Attack

On Sunday night he was at a holdover facility in Oklahoma

(Newser) - Last month brought word that within hours of being released into the general prison population in late May, Larry Nassar was attacked by other inmates. So said a court filing by his lawyer, and now the Detroit News reports Nassar, 55, has been removed from the federal penitentiary in Tucson,... More »

Larry Nassar Attacked in Prison, Lawyer Says

Within hours of being released into the general population, according to new court filing

(Newser) - Within hours of being released into the general prison population in late May, Larry Nassar was attacked by other inmates, according to a Tuesday court filing by his lawyer. Nassar's attorney filed the documents to appeal the sentence handed down to the sports doctor, who pleaded guilty to sexual... More »

Sports Doc Larry Nassar Now in Trouble in Texas

New charges are linked to six former patients treated at Karolyi Ranch in Huntsville

(Newser) - Disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar, who has already been sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing former patients in Michigan, is facing an additional six counts of sexual assault in Texas, reports NBC . Authorities have also charged trainer Debbie Van Horn with one count of sexual... More »

Nassar, USA Gymnastics Hid Real Reason for Absences

Parents were told he was sick or focusing on his private practice

(Newser) - USA Gymnastics helped disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar hide from parents the fact that he was under investigation for child sexual abuse, reports the Indianapolis Star . On at least two occasions, Nassar and an attorney for the gymnastics organization developed cover stories for his absences from events that preceded the... More »

Michigan State Settles Nassar Suit for $500M

$75M will be set aside for future cases

(Newser) - In what could be the largest settlement ever in a sexual misconduct case involving a university, Michigan State University has agreed to pay $500 million to hundreds of young women and girls sexually assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar, reports the Lansing State Journal . The lawsuits, settled in mediation this... More »

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