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Thursday, 23 November 2017 - 12:58
More US Olympic stars allege abuse by Dr. Larry Nassar
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Three-time Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas has become the third prominent American gymnast to claim that she was sexually abused by former US team doctor Larry Nassar.
 
Douglas' allegation follows statements by former USA Gymnastics teammates McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman who claimed that Nassar abused them during their careers.
 
"I didn't publicly share my experiences as well as many other things because for years we were conditioned to stay silent and honestly some things were extremely painful. I wholeheartedly support my teammates for coming forward with what happened to them."
 
Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team physician and former Michigan State University associate professor, was arrested in November 2016 and accused of sexually assaulting female minors throughout his career.

He also pleaded guilty to federal charges relating to child pornography in July 2017.
 
Yesterday (22), Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges, some pertaining to victims under the age of 13.
 
Earlier this month, Raisman, who captained the so-called "Fierce Five" team in both London and at last year's Rio Games, revealed she had also suffered abuse and called for major changes to the way USA Gymnastics is governed.




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