Ex-USA Gymnastics CEO’s deposition in sex abuse case delayed so he can attend Indy 500
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge agreed to delay a deposition the former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny was to give in relation to sex abuse allegations brought against Team USA’s former physician by a former member of the team. The reason for the delay? 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, the Orange County Register reports.
The request originated from Daniel White, Penny’s attorney, who initially sent an email to the former gymnast’s attorney Vince Finaldi on May 3 explaining that because Penny was no longer employed, Penny, who lives in Indiana, would need to attend the race and other race festivities to look for new opportunities.
The email obtained by the Register, however, failed to disclose the reason Penny left his position as USA Gymnastics’ chief in March was because he was heavily criticized over the way his organizations handled allegations of sex abuse, including complaints from the alleged victim in this case.
That detail did not appear to be forgotten by Finaldi, who the Register reports replied “within minutes” to White’s email with disbelief.