A University of Michigan gymnast has become the first male victim to file a lawsuit claiming sexual abuse by Larry Nassar. Jacob Moore, a freshman at the school and a former member of the U.S. men’s junior national team, stated that when he was a 16-year-old seeking treatment for a shoulder injury, Nassar performed acupuncture on his genitalia and exposed them to a girl who was also a minor.
As first reported by International Gymnast, Moore, a Michigan native, claimed that the abuse occurred in the basement of Nassar’s home in April 2016. That was after the disgraced former physician had parted ways with USA Gymnastics following a nearly 30-year association, but before he was fired by Michigan State University, where he spent two decades.
Moore’s court filing, excerpts of which were published by Deadspin, stated that he “believes the conduct of Dr. Nassar was sexual assault, battery, abuse, molestation and harassment performed by Defendant Nassar for Defendant Nassar’s sexual pleasure and gratification.”
The 18-year-old athlete joined his sister Kamerin MacKay Moore as a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit originally filed by Rachael Denhollander, a former gymnast who in 2016 was the first person to publicly accuse Nassar of abuse. In addition to Nassar, Denhollander has named as defendants USA Gymnastics, Michigan State, the university’s board of trustees and John Geddert, a former U.S. Olympic gymnastics coach who ran a club for the sport in Michigan.
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