Report of the Independent Investigation Released

The 233-page independent report, commissioned by a Special Committee of the Board of Directors of the United States Olympic Committee, draws upon over 100 witness interviews and review of over 1.3 million documents.

On December 10, 2018, the independent investigators released a 233-page report that detailed the findings of their investigation into Larry Nassar’s abuse of hundreds of elite and Olympic gymnasts and other children since the early 1990s. The report, which was made public in its entirety, was the culmination of a 10-month investigation that included over 100 interviews—many of them with current and former USA Gymnastics and US Olympic Committee  employees—and review of over 1.3 million documents, including reports, files, emails, notes and text messages. 

Investigators from the global law firm Ropes & Gray LLP, led by partners Joan McPhee and James P. Dowden, had complete control over the investigation, the questions asked, the documents reviewed, and the findings made. The full Ropes & Gray Report, including an executive summary, can be found here.

Read the press release.

Larry Nassar Independent Investigation

About the Independent Investigation

Ropes & Gray conducted an independent investigation into the abuse of hundreds of elite and Olympic gymnasts and other children by Larry Nassar. The scope of our investigation extended not only to “who knew what when” and what was and was not done in response, but also to any systemic deficiencies, failures of oversight, cultural conditions or other factors contributing to Nassar’s serial sexual abuse of young athletes over an extended period of time. The independent investigation also looked across elite athletics and Olympic sports to identify any relevant facts and circumstances or patterns across the National Governing Bodies for Olympic sports to more broadly inform our assessment of contributing factors and conditions.  



About the Lead Investigators

Joan McPhee

James Dowden


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