Sex Trafficking! American Taekwondo Legends Accused of Sexual Assault. Two American Taekwondo legends are at the center of the lawsuit after reports of sexual assault at the expense of female athletes emerge.
Four women who trained with Olympic gold medalist Steven Lopez and his brother, former Team USA coach Jean Lopez, accused the pair of assault, rape and other misconduct in a federal lawsuit filed Friday in Denver, Colorado.
The class-action lawsuit accuses USOC and USA Taekwondo of knowingly participating in sex trafficking by allowing the Lopez brothers to sexually abuse the plaintiffs and numerous other young women as they traveled around the world — representing and enriching the two organizations in the process.
“Much like a pimp who traffics women for money, the USOC was trafficking its athletes to known sexual abusers for money and medals,” said attorney Rex Sharp, one of three lawyers representing the four women named in the lawsuit, along with 44 similarly situated Jane Does who have yet to be identified.
In response to the lawsuit, the US Olympic Committee said that it is “aggressively exploring and implementing new ways to enhance athlete safety, and prevent and respond to abuse.”