Independent Investigation

About the Independent Investigation

Ropes & Gray is conducting an independent investigation into the abuse of hundreds of gymnasts and other athletes by Larry Nassar. We are applying our investigative skills as former federal prosecutors and tapping the resources of our global law firm to conduct an exhaustive and independent investigation. The scope of our report will extend far beyond “who knew what and when” at the USOC and USAG about Nassar’s abuse. We are also examining contributing factors and circumstances, including systemic deficiencies, failures of oversight and cultural issues in elite athletics and Olympic sports.

Before we agreed to accept this assignment, we were assured our work would be completely independent from USOC, USAG and anyone else—and that no one would be able to direct our fact-finding or the content of our report in any way whatsoever.

Our goal is to produce and publicly issue an unvarnished, definitive report that addresses individual and institutional accountability—and helps ensure such an outrage never happens again.

The report will be posted here in its entirety upon completion.

Larry Nassar Independent Investigation

Open Letter to Survivors of Larry Nassar’s Abuse

We are leading an independent investigation into the abuse of hundreds of gymnasts by Larry Nassar. We are applying our investigative skills as former federal prosecutors and tapping the resources of our global law firm to conduct an exhaustive and independent investigation. Our mission is to produce and publicly issue an unvarnished, definitive report that addresses individual and institutional accountability—and helps ensure that such an outrage can never happen again. 

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About RAINN

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

We are grateful that RAINN has agreed to make its team of professionals available to assist any survivor who wishes to speak with them. RAINN can be reached confidentially, 24/7, at (800) 656-4673 or online.rainn.org.

Contact Us

Anyone who wants to provide information to the independent investigation can contact us confidentially by email at nassarinvestigation@ropesgray.com or by phone at (833) 458-8316.

About the Lead Investigators

Mcphee
Joan McPhee

Dowden
James Dowden

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