Former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny’s deposition in a sex abuse case related to former team doctor Larry Nassar was delayed so he can attend the Indianapolis 500 later this month.
The Los Angeles Superior Court judge agreed to delay the deposition after Penny’s legal team told Judge Susan Bryant-Deason that Penny needed to attend the Indianapolis 500 later this month to network to find a new job, according to the Orange County Register.
On May 3, Daniel White, Penny’s attorney, sent an email—later obtained by the Register—to Vince Finaldi, the attorney for one of the former gymnasts, saying that, because Penny was no longer employed, he needed to attend the race to look for new opportunities.
Penny left his position in March after he was heavily criticized by organizations such as the United States Olympic Committee over the way he and his organization handled the allegations of sexual abuse, including complaints from the alleged victim in this case.
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According to the Register, Finaldi replied “within minutes” to White’s email.
“I hope you can step back for a second, evaluate, and see how ludicrous your client’s position is,” Finaldi wrote to White. “We have motions to oppose and he can’t participate in discovery because he has parties to attend. That is just beyond the pale. Especially considering how many children were sexually abused on his watch. It just supports our position that he never really did care much about the kids. It was all about his job and the bottom line.”
The Indy 500 takes place on May 28, but White said his client wouldn’t be available until June 5, the day the judge set the new date for the deposition on Thursday.
The suit from the former gymnast is not only against Nassar, but also the federation, former U.S. national team coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi, the Los Angeles-based All Olympia Gymnastics Center, Penny and other USA Gymnastics officials said to have inappropriately dealt with complaints of abuse.