A male gymnast has joined the more than 260 women and girls who say they were sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State team doctor Larry Nassar.
Jacob Moore, now a gymnast at the University of Michigan, is listed as a plaintiff in one of six amended complaints filed in federal court Wednesday as part of a civil suit against Nassar. According to the lawsuit, Nassar sexually abused and harassed Moore in 2016 while claiming it was medical treatment.
Moore, who was 16 at the time of the alleged attack, is the first male to file suit against Nassar. The disgraced former doctor is serving a 60-year sentence on child pornography charges and has been sentenced to 40-175 years and 40-125 years on separate sexual assault charges.
According to the lawsuit, Moore went to Nassar’s home for treatment of a shoulder injury but ended up receiving “acupuncture in his pubic area and in and around his genitalia" from the doctor.
"There is no known medical connection between shoulder pain which can be treated through acupuncture in the area of a male’s genitalia," the complaint states.
The lawsuit also alleges that during the same visit Nassar pulled down Moore’s pants and exposed him in front of a female gymnast, who was also a minor at the time. According to the complaint, Nassar "discussed the fact that he was exposing Plaintiff Jacob Moore to the minor female gymnast with the minor gymnast."
Moore’s older sister, Kamerin Moore, is also an alleged victim of Nassar’s and a plaintiff on the same complaint. She gave an impact statement at one of Nassar’s sentencing hearing, stating that her brother had suffered shock and emotional distress after realizing there was no medical benefit to the treatment he received from Nassar.
Jacob Moore, now 18, was a member of the U.S. men’s junior national team from 2015-17.