US Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney 21, posted on Twitter early Wednesday morning that the doctor, Lawrence G. Nassar, began molesting her at age 13.
Nassar, who has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, is awaiting trial on separate criminal sexual conduct charges, and he has been sued by more than 125 women accusing him of sexual abuse. He has pleaded not guilty to the assault charges, and dozens of civil suits filed against him in Michigan are currently in mediation.
McKayla Maroney stated the abuse happened at many high-profile competitions, including the 2012 London Olympic Games where she won gold and silver medals, Maroney said.
‘Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving “medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years”,’ Maroney said of her abuse.
‘It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was ‘treated’,’ she added. It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and It happened before I won my Silver.’
Maroney claims that the worst abuse happened during the 2011 world gymnastics championships in Tokyo.
She wrote that Nassar had given her a sleeping pill on the flight to the Japanese city, and she didn’t wake until she was in his hotel room, alone, where he was performing a ‘treatment’.
‘I thought I was going to die that night,’ Maroney wrote.
USA Gymnastics Response:
“USA Gymnastics admires the courage of those, like McKayla Maroney, who have come forward to share their personal experiences with sexual abuse. Because of their strength in coming forward, predators can be held accountable for their actions. We, like so many others, are outraged and disgusted by the conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused. We are sorry that any athlete has been harmed during her or his gymnastics career.
“We are strengthening and enhancing our policies and procedures regarding abuse, as well as expanding our educational efforts to increase awareness of signs to watch for and reporting suspicions of abuse, including the obligation to immediately report. USA Gymnastics, its members and community are committed to working together to keep our athletes as safe as possible.”
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