The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) was reportedly warned that former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sexually abusing minors decades before he faced any consequences, according to a new court filing reviewed by The New York Times. 

Former USA Gymnastics President Kathy Scanlan, who served from 1994 to 1998, said in a sworn statement that she had notified the USOC that Nassar was accused of sexual abuse shortly after she began her tenure. In the statement, which she gave last month and was filed in a lawsuit on Wednesday, Scanlan said the USOC discouraged her from pursuing the case, the Times reported.

ADVERTISEMENT

Scanlan claims the USOC told her she should not follow the organization's protocol for investigating those accused of sexual abuse.

“U.S.O.C.’s challenge to [USA Gymnastics] disciplining professional members in this fashion (specifically impeding the ability to ban, suspend or investigate a member) would have inhibited me from adequately protecting minor members,” Scanlan said in her statement, according to the Times.

She said she pursued sexual abuse cases despite the USOC's discouragement. 

The revelation emerged amid hundreds of pages of documents, which were filed Wednesday as part of Olympian gymnast Aly Raisman's lawsuit. Raisman, one of the highest-profile gymnasts to come forward with allegations against Nassar, is suing the former team doctor, the USOC, USA Gymnastics and others, the Times reported.

The USOC declined to comment on the documents for the Times report.

Hundreds of women have come forward with allegations that Nassar sexually abused them when they were children, a controversy that sparked a string of resignations by multiple top USOC and USA Gymnastics officials. The revelations about Nassar initiated a full-blown identity crisis for the Olympics community as stories have emerged about the rampant sexual abuse of minors by authority figures, including coaches and doctors.

Nassar's victims have banded together to speak out against the various parties that they accuse of enabling or turning a blind eye to the team doctor's sexual abuse, including parents, USOC and USA Gymnastics officials, other team doctors and others who they say did not listen to their stories for years.

Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison after pleading guilty to criminal sexual misconduct earlier this year. 

Separately, he was sentenced to 60 years after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

Last month, former president and CEO of USA Gymnastics Steve Penny was arrested on charges that he tampered with evidence in the investigation into Nassar.  

The USOC at the beginning of November filed a complaint against USA Gymnastics, initiating the first steps to removing the organization's recognition as a national body. 

In an open letter, Sarah Hirshland, CEO of USOC, wrote that the organization believes "the challenges facing [USA Gymnastics] are simply more than it is capable overcoming in its current form."