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 500 young women and girls who trusted the doctor only to end up being molested and silenced.
Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk are behind creating the movie, but the Californian filmmakers keep the spotlight on the victims and the IndyStar reporters who helped them to tell the story. IndyStar began to investigate the whole ordeal in 2016, after learning that a lawsuit was filed in Georgia, asking the judge to release sexual misconduct files compiled by USA Gymnastics on more than 50 mentors. Judge had initially ordered to seal these documents, to which IndyStar responded with a Motion to Intervene and to unseal evidence in a civil suit.
The title, “Athlete A”, refers to Maggie Nichols, a gymnast who was abused by Larry Nassar since she was 15 years old. 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.