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20 men sue Madison Square Boys and Girls Club over alleged abuse by ‘Basketball Diaries’ coach and doctor

Twenty men have filed suit against the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, alleging the organization was negligent in allowing alleged sexual abuse by two staff members, one of whom was depicted in the 1978 memoir "The Basketball Diaries." The complaint alleges gym director Nicholas "Lefty" Antonucci and "pool doctor" Dr. Reginald Archibald routinely and systematically abused boys at the club, and that the club "failed to address sexual abuse which was occurring in plain sight." Antonucci was featured as Lefty in "The Basketball Diaries," a memoir by Jim Carroll, ...

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Lawsuit: Staten Island man among sex-abuse victims of infamous doctor

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A Staten Island man claims in a lawsuit that he was sexually abused as a child at a boys club in Manhattan by a doctor who has been the subject of numerous accusations at a hospital. The Marsh Law Firm filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in state Supreme Court in Manhattan against the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club, formerly known as the Madison Square Boys Club (MSBC), on behalf of 20 alleged sex-abuse survivors under the Child Victims Act. The victims now live throughout the United States in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, New Jersey, New ...

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‘Basketball Diaries’ coach sexually abused young boys: suit

The coach who inspired a character in “The Basketball Diaries” sexually abused young boys from the 1950s through the 1980s, according to a lawsuit filed by 20 alleged victims against the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club. Nicholas Antonucci, the club’s long-time gym director and basketball coach, allegedly “fondled boys’ genitals” inside the gym, locker room, closets and swimming pool in view of other staffers, according to the Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit filed Monday. Jim Carroll’s 1978 memoir “The Basketball Diaries” — later adapted into a ...

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‘Basketball Diaries’ coach named in Madison Square Boys Club sex abuse lawsuit

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A former basketball coach at a venerable New York City sports club who was immortalized as “Lefty” in Jim Carroll’s searing memoir “The Basketball Diaries” has been branded a serial sexual predator in a new lawsuit. Nicholas Antonucci and others at what was then called the Madison Square Boys Club allegedly molested dozens of boys between 1950 and 1980, the suit alleges. “For years, as MSBC claimed that it provided young boys with a safe place to belong and stay out of trouble, it was instead giving serial child predators unfettered and unsupervised ...

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‘Basketball Diaries’ coach ‘Lefty’ named in Boys & Girls Club sexual abuse lawsuit

Two predators were allowed unfettered access to vulnerable children and their repeated sexual abuse was ignored by staff at the then-Madison Square Boys Club, according to 20 plaintiffs in a civil lawsuit filed in New York on Monday. The Madison Square Boys Club was the original Boys Club in New York City and one of the founding members of what eventually became the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Predators were running the institution,” said James Marsh, an attorney whose firm is representing the victims in the case. “People running, funding and directing ...

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Lawsuit: Doctor, Coach Abused Boys At Renowned Youth Club

NEW YORK (AP) — A new lawsuit accuses a well-known New York City boys club of sexual abuse dating to 1950. Monday's lawsuit says a doctor and basketball coach abused 20 boys at what is now the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club. Dr. Reginald Archibald has also been accused of molesting boys at Rockefeller University Hospital. Archibald died in 2007. Ex-club members say he abused them during exams and used his club affiliation to recruit victims to his growth study. Coach Nicholas “Lefty” Antonucci is accused of grabbing boys' genitals. The Associated ...

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‘Pool doctor’ molested countless children for decades, investigation confirms

The report, released Thursday, confirmed the doctor’s decades-long reign of predatory abuse. “It is clear that Archibald, taking advantage of his position as a trusted and respected physician and researcher, engaged in a widespread pattern of misconduct and sexually abused many children at the Hospital over the course of many years when offering patients medical care and treatment,” the report found. In addition to photographing countless children naked, Archibald masturbated patients under the pretext of drawing semen samples for research purposes, according ...

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Doctor’s accusers demand hospital, club hand over files

Victims are coming forward to say Dr. Reginald Archibald photographed them naked and sexually abused them under the guise of doing “growth research” from the 1940s into the 1960s. They say he volunteered as a "pool doctor" at the Madison Square Boys Club on the Lower East Side, where he was a fixture and conducted physical exams on kids. Lawyer Jennifer Freeman’s law firm represents more than one hundred accusers. They are senior citizens now but say they’re still haunted by the memories. “He used it in as an opportunity to engage in child sex abuse,” ...

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Victims say pedophile ‘pool doctor’ lurked at LES boys club

He was the “pool doctor” at the Madison Square Boys Club, volunteering to give physical exams to poor kids in the Lower East Side youth program. He often stood on the deck, watching them swim and frolic naked. From 1942 through the ’60s, the late Dr. Reginald Archibald was “a fixture” at the club, which thrived on donations from New York City titans like the Astor family and on the patronage of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. But the 135-year-old institution, which today serves boys and girls in The Bronx and Brooklyn and has a new clubhouse in Harlem under ...

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