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Emotional, Sexual Abuse of Former U.S. Gymnast Is Subject of Lawsuit

A 24-year-old woman who is a former member of the USA Gymnastics team filed a lawsuit accusing the team’s former doctor of sexual assault, and the team’s coaches of emotional and physical abuse. The suit claims the doctor assaulted the unidentified woman during medical examinations and that the coaches would not halt the abuse even though they knew about it.

gymnastic-sexual-misconduct-espn-quoteThe lawsuit alleges that Larry Nassar, who was the team doctor when the woman was a member between ages 12 and 18, would assault her during her medical exams by digitally penetrating her vagina and claiming that the action was supposed to adjust her bones. Nassar is the defendant in another lawsuit filed in September by another former gymnast who made similar allegations against him.

Nassar is also the subject of an investigation in Michigan; ESPN uncovered over 30 criminal complaints against him, accusing him of sexual misconduct. He has also been accused of additional sexual misconduct disguised as medical exams; this batch of accusations lead USA Gymnastics to fire him in 2015.

This latest lawsuit alleges that Nassar and Bela and Marta Karolyi engaged in repeated abuse of the gymnasts on the team at the Karolyis‘ ranch in Texas. The ranch became the team’s training facility in 2001. The Karolyis have been accused of turning “a blind-eye to Nassar’s sexual abuse of children at the ranch” as well as maintaining “a regime of intimidation and fear” among the gymnasts. The lawsuit claims the Karolyis would physically hurt the gymnasts by scratching and hitting them, taunt the gymnasts about their weight and call them fat, limit their food and water to the point of deprivation, and make them remove their clothing and stand in only their underwear while requiring their teammates to judge them.

In addition to Nassar and both Karolyis, the lawsuit names USA Gymnastics; two private coaches, Artur Akopyan and Galina Marinova; former president Robert Colarossi, and current president Steve Penny as defendants. None of the defendants have issued any comments regarding the accusations or the lawsuit.


Original story by John Barr video

IPS Settles Lawsuit Alleging Sexual Misconduct by Corey Greenwood

It was announced at the end of February that the Indianapolis Public Schools has settled a lawsuit filed by a former student who alleged sexual abuse against a former school administrator. The settlement totaled $490,000.

What the Student Alleged

The student, whose name is being withheld, alleged that they had a sexual relationship with Corey Greenwood, a former IPS teacher. The sexual relationship took place when the student was just 16 years old. Corey Greenwood was placed on administrative leave when the allegations came to light and terminated shortly thereafter. Corey Greenwood was criminally charged in the case and pleaded guilty. He received a brief jail sentence and is currently on probation. His admission of guilt helped solidify the students claims.

Why the Student Sued the Indianapolis Public Schools

In addition to suing Corey Greenwood, the student decided to file this suit against the school district. The reason the suit was filed against the district is because the student alleged that Mr. Greenwood had a history of inappropriate relationships with students dating back approximately 10 years. It was alleged that school officials knew that the teacher was a predator and went after students, yet they still allowed him to teach and even promoted him. If the school district had taken appropriate action and terminated him, as they should have if these allegations were true, this student never would have been a sexual victim of Mr. Greenwoods.

What the Settlement Entails

On February 10, the student and the Indianapolis Public Schools board of commissioners reached a settlement. The terms of the agreement stated that the school district agrees to pay the student $490,000. Corey Greenwood agreed to pay the student $10,000. As part of the settlement agreement, the student agrees to drop the lawsuit and the claim is being dismissed with prejudice and a release of all claims. This means that the student cannot attempt to bring another lawsuit against the school district regarding this matter. Lastly, the settlement states that each party will split the cost of mediation and pay for their own court costs and attorney fees.

When releasing details of the settlement, the district wanted to make it clear that it does not condone employee misconduct and that allegations of inappropriate behavior are taken seriously.

Fort Wayne Businessman Hit Again With Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

Who is R. Bruce Dye?

state-records-indiana-state-republicanR. Bruce Dye is a well-known Fort Wayne entrepreneur who has founded several companies, notably Heritage Food Service Group, Inc., and Hotel Fitness. According to state records, Dye is one of the top donors to the Indiana State Republican Party, having donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent election cycles. He was first the defendant in a sexual abuse lawsuit by Kathy Gonya, Dye’s former executive assistant at his company, Brigadoon Financial, Inc. dba Brigadoon Fitness. Gonya filed the suit in late 2014, after claiming she was terminated from the company due to reporting incidences of sexual abuse and misconduct. Dye filed a counter suit to combat the allegations claiming that he and Gonya shared a consensual sexual relationship for several years.

Who is the Plaintiff?

The new lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in May 2015 by Marilyn K. Lahr. Lahr is the sister of Kathy Gonya, who was also appointed president of Dye’s Brigadoon Financial, Inc. in October 2012. She is a trial attorney who received her J.D. from Southern Methodist University, and currently operates a law practice in Fort Wayne.

What is the Lawsuit Alleging?

current-suit-accuses-dye-assault-batteryAccording to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Lahr’s current suit accuses Dye himself of assault and battery, and his company Brigadoon Financial of negligent supervision and training, negligent retention, breach of contract, sexual harassment, and sexual retaliation. Lahr is also alleging that Dye groped her and attempted to enter her hotel room by force while they were on a business trip together in New Orleans.

What are the Next Steps?

Currently, Dye has retained Allen County Republican Party Chairman Steven Shine, a partner of Shine & Hardin, LLP, to defend him from the claims in both lawsuits. Through the counter suit against Gonya, Dye is seeking $1 million in damages both for himself and his company, Brigadoon Financial, and claims that Gonya attempted to extort him through her lawyer before the original suit was filed. According to a statement from Shine, the claims in Lahr’s and Gonya’s lawsuits are completely unfounded, and Dye is will continue to defend himself in court against them.