Bankrupt Boy Scouts may need to sell Norman Rockwell art to pay sexual abuse victims
Nick O'Donnell was quoted in the article, "Bankrupt Boy Scouts may need to sell Norman Rockwell art to pay sexual abuse victims," which was published in USA Today on February 27, 2020.
The article discusses the recent disclosure in the bankruptcy filing by the Boy Scouts of America that the organization owns a collection of original Norman Rockwell paintings, which may be put up for sale to help pay for impending lawsuits. The Boy Scouts faces about 1,700 lawsuits over alleged sexual abuse dating back decades and is under pressure to sell off its holdings to pay victims.
According to Nick, it will be hard to make an argument that the organization should keep the paintings, but that doesn't mean the organization won't try: “There’s already the tension of, ‘Yes, a terrible thing happened, but do we have to hamstring the Boy Scouts of America going forward" and thus leave the organization without valuable assets it may need down the line, he said. He anticipates that there will certainly be backlash.