Former Olympian Maroney accuses Nassar of abuse
(TSX / STATS) -- Two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney accused former Team USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of molesting her beginning when she was 13.
Maroney, who won gold and silver medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, leveled the allegations against Nassar in a lengthy post on her Twitter account late Tuesday evening.
"I was molested by Dr. Larry Nassar, the team doctor for the US Women's National Gymnastics Team, and Olympic Team," Maroney wrote. "Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving 'medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years.'
"It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first National Team training camps, in Texas, and it didn't end until I left the sport. It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was 'treated.'"
Nassar pleaded guilty to three federal child-pornography charges in July in a federal court in Grand Rapids, Mich. A former team doctor at Michigan State, he was accused of sexually abusing more than 100 of his female patients.
Maroney, now 21, said the ongoing #MeToo movement on social media, borne out of allegations of sexual assault and harassment against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and encouraging women who have been victimized to speak out, inspired her to tell her story.
"I know how hard it is to speak publicly about something so horrible, and so personal, because it's happened to me too," Maroney wrote. "People should know that this is not just happening in Hollywood. This is happening everywhere. Wherever there is a position of power, there seems to be potential for abuse. I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there, were unnecessary, and disgusting."
Maroney, who retired from competitive gymnastics in 2016, wrote in painstaking detail of Nassar's actions, recalling a flight to Tokyo in 2011 when she claimed he gave her a sleeping pill when she was 15.
Calling it the "scariest night of my life," Maroney wrote that she woke up "alone with him in his hotel room getting a 'treatment.' I thought I was going to die that night."
USA Gymnastics released a statement in which the organization said it was "appalled" by the conduct of Nassar, per ABC News.
"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," the gymnastics body said in a statement.
Updated October 18, 2017