USA Gymnastics Confidentially Settles Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

at the Dunkin' Donuts Center on June 10, 2016 in Providence, Rhode Island.
PROVIDENCE, RI - JUNE 10: Claire Zoftis competes with the rope during the Junior 2016 USA Gymnastics Championships at the Dunkin' Donuts Center on June 10, 2016 in Providence, Rhode Island. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
April 20, 2018 12:12 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — USA Gymnastics has reached a confidential settlement in a Georgia lawsuit that spurred a newspaper investigation into the organization’s practices for reporting child abuse.

A former gymnast filed the lawsuit against USA Gymnastics in 2013. It alleged the organization that trains Olympians received at least four warnings about a coach who videotaped her in various states of undress.

Court records show a judge in Effingham County, Georgia, dismissed the lawsuit on April 12. The gymnast’s lawyer says USA Gymnastics admits no wrongdoing or liability in the settlement.

Both parties have declined to comment on the settlement.

The suit sparked The Indianapolis Star’s investigation of USA Gymnastics, which exposed abuse by Larry Nassar, a former Michigan State University sports doctor, and spurred the resignations of the organization’s president and board.

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