Olympian McKayla Maroney says she was sexually abused for years
Gymnast McKayla Maroney, who won an Olympic gold medal as part of Team USA in 2012, said on Twitter on Wednesday that she was sexually abused by a USA Gymnastics team doctor for years.
Maroney alleged that Dr. Larry Nassar molested her repeatedly beginning when she was 13 years old, and the abuse only stopped when she left the sport.
In her statement on Twitter, Maroney said that during one incident, she was given a “sleeping pill” by Nassar and awoke in his hotel room.
“I thought I was going to die that night,” she wrote.
Maroney wrote that as a little girl she dreamed of going to the Olympics.
“I remember watching the 2004 Olympics. I was eight years old, and I told myself that one day I would wear that red, white, and blue leotard, and compete for my country. Sure, from the outside looking in, it’s an amazing story. I did it. I got there, but not without a price,” she wrote.
Nassar has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 100 women and girls, many of whom were patients of his. He is awaiting trial on sexual assault charges.
He pleaded guilty to child pornography charges earlier this year, and his sentencing on those charges has been set for December.
Maroney said on Twitter that she’s been inspired by the stories of women sharing their experiences in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
“I know how hard it is to speak publicly about something so horrible, and so personal, because it’s happened to me too.”