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USA Gymnastics (USAG) is revered for producing powerhouse athletes and nationally adored champions like Simone Biles and Aly Raisman.

But since 2016, it's been implicated in one of the worst sexual assault scandals in the sports world.

In 2008, Olympian bronze medalist Jamie Dantzscher filed a civil lawsuit accusing former volunteer team doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse, according to the Associated Press.

According to the Daily Mail, there are 80 victims alleging Nassar of sexual assault, suing the former doctor for abusing them while treating their injuries.

Dantzscher reportedly stated in court documents that Nassar “treated” her when she was just 13 years old:

"His treatments included, but were not limited to, placing his ungloved hand into my vagina to get my hips to 'pop' and 'adjust' my back. He would keep his hand inside me for what seemed like an eternity.

Dr. Nassar never used any type of glove in his 'treatment.' There was never any lubricant. There was almost never another adult present."

In September 2016, both Dantzscher and former gymnast Rachael Denhollander filed additional civil lawsuits. And the suits weren't just against Nassar — they were also against the USA Gymnastics organization.

The Indianapolis Star reported its in-depth investigation, which it said proved USA Gymnastics was slow to respond to multiple accusations of sexual abuse from around the country — accusing many USAG officials of turning a blind eye to abuse, including coaches Marta and Bela Karolyi.

After alleging that USAG knew about Nassar's behavior for some time before taking any measure of action, USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny was asked to resign and ultimately did so in March.

However, USAG still has multiple lawsuits filed against it, and on Saturday, new details were revealed.

According to the Daily Mail, Dantzscher filed another court document claiming that USAG attorneys attempted to “dig up” details from her past, like her sexual history, former boyfriends, and details about her sex life as an adult:

“I am informed that USA Gymnastics' attorneys called former boyfriends and tried to dig up dirt on me, asking very personal and detailed questions about my relationships and sex life as an adult.”

And the 34-year-old former Olympian made it clear that their actions were entirely inappropriate:

“Many Nassar supporters blamed my parents and generally attacked my character. This upset me greatly. I had done nothing except speak the truth about what happened to me as a little girl.”

Dantzscher never wanted her identity to be revealed.

The Daily Mail reported that she filed her lawsuit under the name Jane Doe, but her real name was released shortly thereafter, and according to Dantzscher, Nassar's supporters attacked her in an attempt to “blame the victim.”

She also alleged that Nassar had given the same “treatment” to her “dozens, if not hundreds of times, for severe hip and back pain” since she was 13.

Dantzscher also recalled, per the Daily Mail, that his “treatments” did hurt, but compared to other Team USA coaches, Nassar was “very nice” and “sympathetic” when she was in pain.

Nassar continues to deny any wrongdoing, but he's currently accused in numerous lawsuits of child sex abuse, child pornography, and sexual assault, according to multiple source, including the Daily Mail.

The former physician's medical license was pulled three years ago, and he was fired from USAG two years ago after the investigation of multiple, separate claims of abuse.

It remains unclear if USAG faces any charges, in addition to multiple civil lawsuits, at this time.

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