Larry Nassar’s Ex-Wife Stephanie Divorced Him In 2017

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  • US Olympic gymnasts reached a $380 million settlement with two Olympic organizations in Larry Nassar's case.

  • On June 8, 2022, a group of 90 women that includes former U.S. Olympic team gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, and Aly Raisman filed a lawsuit against the FBI.

  • Larry Nassar's ex-wife, Stephanie Nassar, is mentioned in the scandal's coverage.

  • Here's what you need to know about Stephanie Nassar and where she is now.

Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar's case is back in the headlines.

On June 8th, 2022, a group of 90 women that including former U.S. Olympic team gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, and Aly Raisman filed a new lawsuit against the FBI, according to The Washington Post. They claim that the agency mishandled its investigation of Nassar and allowed him to continue to abuse them, even after they had reported him to the bureau in 2015. They are seeking more than $1 billion.

In September 2021, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and USA Gymnastics were ordered to pay $380 million to the gymnasts. The Indianapolis bankruptcy court also ordered USA Gymnastics to add a new seat to its board that will be filled by a survivor, per The Washington Post.

“We prevailed for one simple reason, the courage and tenacity of the survivors,” John Manly, the gymnasts' attorney, shared in a statement. “These brave women relived their abuse publicly in countless media interviews so that not one more child will be forced to suffer physical, emotional or sexual abuse in pursuit of their dreams.”

Back in September, Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, McKayla Moroney, and Maggie Nichols testified in a new hearing about how the FBI handled the massive sports scandal, per NPR. The hearing came years after more than 300 women came forward with stories of sexual abuse disguised as "medical treatments," and Nassar was sentenced to life in prison.

A lot of the abuse took place at the Karolyi Ranch, the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center in Huntsville, Texas, run by gymnastics training legends Béla and Márta Károlyi. Parents weren't allowed inside the ranch, enabling the Károlyis to push the teen gymnasts to physical extremes—even fixating on the children's weight—unchallenged by adult guardians.

While Nassar's abuse went on at the famed Karolyi ranch and training facility, it also happened at John Geddert's Twistars USA Gymnastics Club in Michigan, Michigan State University, and at the Holt, Michigan home he shared with his then-wife, Stephanie, and their three children.

Larry Nassar's ex-wife Stephanie has been mentioned throughout the coverage of Nassar’s abuse, which might make you wonder: Who is she?

Stephanie still works as a pediatric physician's assistant.

Stephanie attended Michigan State University in 1992. She graduated in 1999 from the University of Detroit with a Masters degree from their Physician Assistant program, per The Sun. Today, Stephanie continues to work as a pediatric physician's assistant in Lansing, Michigan.

She filed for divorce in 2017.

According to a report from In Touch Weekly, Stephanie filed for divorce on January 25, 2017 and was granted the divorce within six months. She also received sole custody of their three children—two daughters and a son, per The Sun. Neither she nor her children were present for Larry's sentencing and court proceedings last year, per Inquisitor.

Some of Larry's victims were at his wedding to Stephanie.

Larry and Stephanie were married on October 19, 1996, at St. John's Catholic Church in East Lansing, Michigan, according to The Sun.

Sarah Klein, one of Larry's first victims, knew Stephanie (whose maiden name is Anderson) when she was Nassar’s girlfriend, according to Huffpost. Later, she and at least one other victim, Trinea Gonczar, attended the couples' wedding.

Wondering where Larry Nassar is now? Here's an update on his prison sentence:

She's been named in a federal lawsuit against Michigan State University.

One of the sexual abuse survivors, Alaina Bamfield (who read a victim impact statement at his sentencing), claimed she was referred to Larry by Stephanie, who worked as a physician's assistant. Bamfield was then abused by Larry after seeking treatment for neck, back, and hip pain, Fox 47 News reported.

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