Three Team USA Gymnastics Employees Step Down Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Three USA Gymnastics leaders are stepping down in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal.

Chairman Paul Parilla, Vice Chairman Jay Binder and Treasurer Bitsy Kelley stepped down from the national governing body for the Olympic sport.

MI judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who's presiding over Nassar's sentencing, has allowed more than 90 of the alleged victims to give impact statements, many of which have been heartbreaking and disturbing.

"We support their decisions to resign at this time", said Kerry Perry, who was named president of USA Gymnastics in September.

A Michigan State spokesman says Miller's comments are being looked into, and patients of Nassar's "will not be billed". She came to me afterwards and said she, in fact, wanted her statement to be recorded b/c she wanted people to see it.


On the USA Gymnastics site, the newly vacant board positions are labeled "TBD", while the other member names remain.

Miller, the 15-year-old who spoke, was also critical of MSU, saying the university should should be responsible for its employee who sexually assaulted young girls for 20 years. In the case of the Nassar sentencing hearing, Vance said the state's attorney general's office reached out to Small Talk to bring Preston to the courtroom.

"You are so sick, I can't even comprehend how angry I feel when I think of you", Raisman said at the sentencing.

Nassar has pleaded guilty to molesting 10 girls, though as part of his plea will be sentenced for the sexual abuse of seven victims.

Nassar was already sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography December 7.


Raisman told TIME in November that while USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny resigned previous year, "a lot of people working there let the abuse go on", referring to the board members.

Though many Michigan State alumni, current students, and former gymnasts have called for Lou Anna Simon to be removed as President of the university, the MSU Board of Trustees had a meeting and have decided that she is still the right person for the job. Most of the women say the abuse happened during medical appointments they scheduled with the formerly world-renowned gymnastics physician.

Perry said the board will work to "ensure that our culture, policies and actions reflect our commitment to those we serve".

Former gymnast Aly Raisman speaks at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar in Lansing, Mich., Jan. 19, 2018. USA Gymnastics needs to focus on supporting the courageous survivors.

Larry Nassar is escorted into the courtroom last Thursday.


Last week, the organization announced that it would move its training facilities from the Karolyi Ranch outside Houston, where Nassar molested many of his victims. "We're aware that some knew, but there are likely many more opportunities these individuals had to stop you".

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