Three years after Larry Nassar, the U.S.A. Gymnastics team doctor received 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing numerous young female athletes, Netflix releases a documentary about the horrific story.
The film titled “Athlete A” is built around the investigation by IndyStar, an Indianapolis outlet that was among the first ones to draw attention to how Nassar’s wrongdoings were swept under the rug by the team. The journalists covered the accusations made by more than five hundred young women and girls who trusted the doctor only to end up being molested and silenced.
IndyStar reporters have been work on this case since 2016. Everything was started when they noticed a new lawsuit in Georgia against more than 50 coaches who were accused of inappropriate activities against wards. The court intended to hide the documents, but IndyStar team defended the right to publicly disclose the shocking information.
The title, “Athlete A”, refers to Maggie Nichols, a gymnast who encountered inappropriate behavior by the team doctor for a long time since she was 15. Nichols was also the first victim to notify the USAG bosses about his behavior in 2015. The team, however, did little to protect her or other gymnasts.
Netflix will air “Athlete A” on June 24th.