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USA Gymnastics Says It's Not Liable In Doctor's Sexual Assault Cases

The organizations filed a motion to dismiss all civil suits filed by the victims of former Dr. Nassar, stating it is not responsible for his malpractice. 

Countless civil suits were reportedly filed against the USA Gymnastics organization following an overwhelming number of sexual assault and abuse allegations against former Olympic Dr. Larry Nassar. The doctor reportedly assaulted more than 130 victims – including Olympic gold medalists, Aly Raisman, Gabby Doulas, and McKayla Maroney – but the organization is reportedly fighting the suits, claiming it is not liable for the doctor's malpractice, the NY Daily News reports.

Nassar was reportedly sentenced to 60 years in prison for his misconduct, a count for each child. Following his sentencing, the USA Gymnastics released a statement apologizing for the various incidents. "Sorry that any athlete has been harmed during her or his gymnastics career." That same day, the organization filed a motion to dismiss the civil suit cases filed by 93 former athletes who claimed the organization was negligent in employing such doctor. In documents obtained by the Indy Star, the organization asserts that “while Nassar is liable to the plaintiffs, USAG is not."

The documents also suggest that "most of the plaintiffs failed to timely assert their claims, and, therefore, their claims are time-barred." "Most of the plaintiffs allege they were assaulted at MSU, at Twistars or at Nassar’s home — places where Nassar was acting outside of any relationship with USAG," the motion continues.

John Manly, an attorney for many of the survivors, blasted the USAG for their dismissal, claiming that it was "indicative of their views on" the alleged victims.

Inspired by the MeToo movement, Maroney and Raisman shocked the nation when they released their statements detailing the abuse they endured during various competitions, including the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Douglas first received backlash after responding to a tweet Raisman wrote regarding sexual assault. Later the gold medalist clarified her statements, along with explaining her own horrific experiences.

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Nicki Minaj, Tracy Chapman Fail To Reach Settlement In Copyright Lawsuit: Report

Tracy Chapman’s copyright infringement lawsuit against Nicki Minaj is moving forward after the two reportedly failed to reach an agreement during a recent court-ordered mediation.

Chapman is accusing Minaj of unlawfully sampling her song “Baby Can I Hold You” for the track “Sorry.” Minaj reportedly confirmed in court documents that the song never made it to her album because Chapman didn't approve the sample, The Blast reports.

According to the website, the battling sides “couldn’t reach a settlement,” and an agreement is not “imminent.”

Chapman sued Minaj in the fall of 2018. Months earlier, Minaj revealed that Queen's release date hinged on Chapman. “So there’s a record on #Queen that features 1of the greatest rappers of all time,” she tweeted at the time. “Had no clue it sampled the legend #TracyChapman - do I keep my date & lose the record? Or do I lose the record & keep my date?” Minaj also pleaded for Chapman to get in contact with her.

“Sorry” was never officially released, although  Minaj is accused of leaking the song to Funkmaster Flex who debuted it on his radio show.

The "Megatron" rapper denies committing copyright infringement, and reportedly claimed fair use as her defense. Minaj also allegedly argued that Chapman doesn’t even own the copyright, and is asking for the lawsuit to be dismissed.

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Iggy Azalea Calls T.I. A “Misogynist” For Saying She Tarnished His Legacy

T.I.'s apparent moment of candor didn't sit well with Iggy Azalea. The Aussie called her former Grand Hustle boss a “huge misogynists” in response to him saying that she stained his legacy.

“Imagine thinking I was his biggest blunder lmaoooooooooooooo. Tip. Sweetie. We have a whole list for you,” she reportedly wrote in a series of tweets that were later deleted.

“The tea I could spill on what bulls**t this is but at the end of the day I think people can see it’s clear he’s salty,” she continued. “He’s a huge misogynist and has never been able to have a conversation with any woman in which he doesn’t speak like a fortune cookie.”

Earlier in the week, T.I. told The Root  that he was “actively looking for another female rapper who can undo the blunder of Iggy Azalea.”

“That is the tarnish of my legacy as far as [being] a [music] executive is concerned," said the Atlanta native. “To me, this is like when Michael Jordan went to play baseball.”

Azalea signed to Grand Hustle in 2011, but severed ties with the imprint around 2015. In 2017, Azalea left Def Jam for neighboring Island Records, before going independent. The “Sally Walker” rapper released her sophomore studio album, In My Defense, over the summer.

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Wale Says Record Deals Should Include Mental Health Assistance

Mental health is an issue that record labels should be prioritizing, as Wale explained in an interview with TMZ Live on Friday (Oct. 11). The DMV rapper, who has been open about batting anxiety and depression, and released his Wow That’s Crazy album, during Mental Health Awareness Week, says signing a record deal should come with mental health assistance.

“People live their life for this, and lose their life because of it,” Wale said while discussing the perils of fame. “All of your failures are magnified by 100 because everybody’s watching you.”

The Grammy-nominated recording artist thinks labels should pay for mental health treatment, or have someone on deck to help artists unpack what they’re going through. “Artists generate so much revenue, that’s the least they [labels] can do.”

Wale also noted the difficulty of living life under a microscope, and how coming into money at a young age can be traumatic. “There needs to be a relationship between the mental health agenda and entertainers,” he reiterated. “It doesn’t have to be mandatory but I definitely think they [record labels] should help.”

Watch the full interview below.

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