McKayla Maroney alleges past abuses by Larry Nassar as early as 13

McKayla Maroney alleges past abuses by Larry Nassar as early as 13

McKayla Maroney alleges past abuses by Larry Nassar as early as 13

McKayla joins a long list of women accusing Nassar of sexual misconduct - 125 women, including former gymnasts, have already filed suit against him for alleged incidents over the years.

Many former gymnasts have come out and filed reports and lawsuits against Nassar - who was sacked in 2015 when the higher-ups at USA Gymnastics, the governing entity of the sport, reportedly learned he was abusing female national team members - since the story broke last fall, but this is the first time Maroney, now 21, has alleged that she too was a victim of Nassar's predatory tactics. She attached a photo that detailed the extent of her abuse.

Nassar has been accused of sexual assault by over 100 women and girls, and pleaded guilty to federal child-pornography charges last summer.

"It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was 'treated, '" Maroney wrote.

Maroney, considered by many as the greatest vaulter in the sport's history, won a silver medal in that event in London after a rare mistake.

Already in a MI jail awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography this summer, Nassar is awaiting trial after being charged in February with sexually abusing nine gymnasts.

She alleged Nassar had given her a sleeping pill on a flight to Tokyo, and she didn't wake until she was in his hotel room, alone, where he was performing a "treatment".

More than 400 people have accused coaches or trainers with connections to USA Gymnastics of sexual abuse over the past 20 years.

(Content warning: this paragraph includes explicit details about the molestation allegations against Nassar.) Gymnasts say that Nassar would, without asking their consent and often without using gloves, penetrate their vaginas with his fingers. Upon learning of athlete concerns, USA Gymnastics immediately notified law enforcement.

Former "Fierce Five" teammates Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber and Kyla Ross also offered their support for Maroney on Twitter. Many are in mediation and four cases in California are tied up in the courts. He was sacked from Michigan State past year.

It is not known whether Maroney, who lives in California and officially retired in 2015, is part of those lawsuits.

Dr Larry Nassar is now in prison in Michigan State, after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography in July.

He also faces charges in state court in MI, largely related to allegations that he digitally penetrated women during medical exams for his own sexual gratification.

State authorities have charged him with 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, with a trial set for December 4, while federal authorities charged Nassar with possessing 37,000 images of child pornography found on external hard drives after he turned in his work computer to MSU.

Last month, Nassar defended his procedures, which included digital vaginal penetration as "medically accepted and appropriate treatments" and denied he had performed them for any goal other than medical treatment.

Maroney ended her post with a call to action asking people to speak out, hold people in positions of power accountable, educate and have zero tolerance for abuse.

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