East Lansing—A former Michigan State University softball player has sued MSU and a former USA Gymnastics doctor for sexual abuse.
Tiffany Lopez accused Dr. Larry Nassar during Wednesday’s lawsuit of sexually assaulting her more than 10 times between 1998 and 2001 during treatments for an injury that had given her chronic back pain.
Fired from the university in September for allegedly lying during an investigation put forth by a former MSU student assaulted during treatment for hip pain in 2014, Nasser left USA Gymnastics in the fall 2015 after serving as USA Gymnastics team physician for four Olympic Games.
The lawsuit states that Lopez refusing to see Nassar for treatment around 2001, with MSU consequently having “pressured and coerced” her to declare herself medically inactive and exempt from participation. She then left Michigan State. At the time, a female trainer disregarded her complaints in defense of the “world renowned doctor.”
The lawsuit accuses MSU of having known about Nassar’s behavior prior and throughout his employment and failing to act to prevent alleged abuse, including no preventative measures in place to stop abuse from starting.
On Wednesday, an FBI agent also reported findings of at least 37,000 videos and photos of child pornography on hard drives found in a garbage can on Nassar’s property, as well as videos of sexual assault on girls under 12.
Though Nassar’s attorneys have defended his actions in September as medical procedures occasionally warranting vaginal penetration, attorneys declined to comment Wednesday.
Recent allegations against Nassar have reopened criminal investigations tracing back to the 2014 assault.