Clearly inspired by the ever growing #MeToo movement, Olympic gold medalist Miss McKayla Maroney announced early Wednesday on Twitter that she had been molested by team doctor Mr Larry Nassar since the age of 13 till she quit the sport.
She and her teammates won gold for the US in the 2012 London Olympics and Miss Maroney took an individual silver medal on the vault.
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According to Miss Marony, the abuse started at the age of only 13 while she was at a national training camp in Texas.
Miss Maroney said: “Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years. It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was 'treated'. It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and It happened before I won my Silver.”
The worst abuse, according to Miss Maroney, happened during the 2011 world gymnastics championships in Tokyo. Mr Nassar had given her a sleeping pill on the flight to the Japanese city, and when she woke she was in his hotel room, alone, where he was performing a 'treatment'.
“I thought I was going to die that night,” Miss Maroney stated.
The allegations of Mr Nassar echo those made by other gymnasts of the US federation who claim to have been abused by the man, namely that he molested her whilst disguising this as medical “treatment” for hip and back pain.
Mr Nassar is already imprisoned in Michigan after he pleaded guilty to several counts of possession of child pornography. He awaits his trial for various sexual conduct charges and has been sued by over 125 women who all alleged he abused them. The US press asked his lawyers as well as the USA Gymnastics federation for a reaction to the news but no comments were provided.