Larry Nassar former USA Gymnastics team doctor accused of sexually abusing more than 140 girls and women

Four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles says she was sexually abused by former Team USA gymnastics sports doctor Larry Nassar.

In an emotional statement, Biles, a star of the Rio Games, said she would not let Nassar "steal my love and joy".

Nassar was jailed for 60 years for possessing child sex abuse images and has also admitted assaulting gymnasts.

"I know this horrific experience does not define me, I am much more than this," said Biles, 20.

Three former US Olympians have accused Nassar of sexual abuse under the guise of medical treatment, including Gabby Douglas, who won gold with Biles in the team event at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Nassar will be sentenced this month over two cases in which he admits assaulting female gymnasts.

The 54-year-old was jailed in December for three counts relating to child sex abuse images on his computer.

Nassar's lawyers told BBC Sport they would not comment on Biles' statement.

USA Gymnastics said in a statement it was "absolutely heartbroken, sorry and angry that Simone Biles or any of our athletes have been harmed by the horrific acts of Larry Nassar".

Sadly we come across many incidents of abuse connected to those in positions of trust teaching sports, particularly gymnastics. If the abuse is closely connected to the perpetrator’s employment with a gymnastics club, then the club employing the abuser is likely to be vicariously liable for the misdeeds carried out. We often find that young sports persons delay coming forward with their allegations because they may not fully understand what has happened to them at the time of the abuse. Understandably sometimes they find the pressure of trying to achieve in the sport (and particularly the power the abuser wields over their ability to progress in their chosen profession) is too great to jeopordise disclosing abuse. Fortunately it is often possible to bring claims for compensation later in life and we are experienced at dealing with reasons for delay in coming forward to ensure your case is presented strongly.


Charles has considerable specialist experience in pursuing claims for compensation for those who have been abused in childhood. His specific expertise means that he is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for his work which has taken him all over the world including, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

He is also recognised for his significant involvement in the high profile litigation against St Georges School (Anglemoss Limited) and Cyntwell High School. These cases involved a staggering number of individuals who pursued those responsible whom despite heavily defending the claims brought against them settled by way of out of court settlements.

Charles regularly features in local and national press and he is often asked to provide his professional opinion and commentary on relevant abuse law issues and developments on radio and television broadcasts. Such broadcasts include BBC South Today, BBC Wales, ITV and ITN News.

You can follow Charles on Twitter and Facebook.

Charles obtained his Law degree at Kingston University, before successfully completing his Legal Practice Course. He trained and qualified with Verisona Law beginning his specialism in the field of child abuse claims. He received his higher rights of Audience in 2012 making him one of the youngest Solicitor-Advocates in the country who is able to represent his clients in the High Court. Charles is head of the abuse team who collectively have secured compensation for hundreds of victims of abuse.

He began diversifying in to other aspects of abuse law and his team are one of the very few in the country who specialise in claims against social services.

He is involved in complex group action litigation and also represents a number of individuals and who are pursuing private companies, local authorities and perpetrators in pursuit of their justice.

Charles has strong contacts with some of the most prominent barristers who advise on abuse claims including a number of QC’s. He also has robust connections with highly qualified expert witnesses he instructs in support of those who he represents.

  • Child abuse claims
  • Claims against social services
  • Complex/Catastrophic Clinical Negligence claims

"Your help in pursuing and fighting my case is greatly appreciated, not by just myself but my whole family. Only through the progression of the case have I found it easier to talk about it and this has helped deal with something I had locked away since the day I left the school. It has allowed me to talk about my experiences far more openly and without the stigma of shame I had felt for so long.
Once again thank you sincerely for your time and patience in dealing with my case."

Abuse Survivor, St Georges School, Norfolk

Various


X

verisonalaw

Let us help you

We will be in touch with you as soon as possible. Click below to find out more about the services Verisona Law have to offer.

For you
For your business
Our Team
About Us

Can’t find what you are looking for? Use our sitemap