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Former USA Gymnasts Accuse Longtime Team Doctor of Sexual Abuse

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A longtime team physician for USA Gymnastics has been accused of sexual abuse in a lawsuit filed in California by two gymnasts – one a medal-winning member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team, PEOPLE confirms.

The lawsuit, filed last week, alleges Dr. Larry Nassar, 53, groped and fondled the gymnasts during physical therapy sessions. Both gymnasts were minors at the time of the alleged unwanted sexual touching, according to the suit.

Nassar spent 29 years working for USA Gymnastics, but was let go last year, records show.

The Olympian is identified only as “Jane Doe” in the lawsuit, which names both Nassar and the USA Gymnastics organization as defendants.

The second gymnast behind the suit, Rachael Denhollander, has come forward publicly with her allegations against Nassar.

When she was 15, Denhollander alleges Nassar would massage her breasts and penetrate her with his fingers. She alleges Nassar never wore gloves when examining her at Michigan State University, where he’s a faculty member.

Denhollander alleges she filed a complaint against Nassar last month with the university’s police force.

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Nassar’s attorney, Matthew Borgula, did not respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment.

The lawsuit alleges that USA Gymnastics was aware Nassar had been accused of engaging in inappropriate touching with some of the team’s members but did nothing to address the allegations.

The lawsuit further alleges USA Gymnastics actively covered up claims made against the doctor, but it does not detail specific instances.

No criminal charges have been filed against Nassar.