Two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney has accused former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar of molesting her for several years, starting when she was 13.
Maroney, 21, made the allegation early Wednesday morning in a Twitter post with the hashtag #MeToo, which women have been using recently to share stories of being sexually abused and harassed in the wake of multiple allegations against powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
“Everyone’s words over the past few days have been so inspiring to me,” Maroney wrote. “I know how hard it is to speak publicly about something so horrible, and so personal, because it’s happened to me too.
“People should know that this is not just happening in Hollywood. This is happening everywhere. Whereever 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 in 2012 won a team gold medal and a silver for vault, goes on to accuse Nassar of molesting her under guise of giving her what he said was “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
Article source: http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-mckayla-maroney-sexul-abuse-20171018-story.html
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