The night before the 2012 Olympic Games gymnastics individual event competition, USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, under the guise of performing a medical procedure, sexually assaulted McKayla Maroney.
That night Maroney reached out to an Olympic teammate.
He’s doing it to me again, she said
Maroney, the Olympic and World champion gymnast, confirmed Wednesday that Nassar, beginning when she was 13, repeatedly sexually abused her for at least three years while she represented the U.S. at major international competitions like the Olympic Games and World Championships and training camps at the U.S. Olympic Committee Training Site at the Texas ranch owned and operated by former U.S. Olympic coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi.
Maroney, the Long Beach native who grew up in Laguna Niguel, made her allegations in an early morning statement posted on Twitter. Maroney’s statement was inspired by the global response to allegations that film producer Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted and harassed women for decades. Maroney’s charges also come against the backdrop of more than 100 young athletes accusing Nassar of sexual abuse and USA Gymnastics, the sport’s national governing body, of creating a culture of abuse within the sport that enabled Nassar’s misconduct.
“People should know that this is not just happening in Hollywood,” Maroney, 21, said in her statement. “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.”
Jamie Dantzscher, a 2000 Olympic gymnastics medalist, and her attorney, John Manly, told the Southern California News Group in August that Nassar sexually abused her and some of her U.S. teammates on an almost daily basis during the 2000 Olympic Games, often while USA Gymnastics coaches, top administrators and other staff members were only a few feet away down…