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McKayla Maroney: Larry Nassar Abused Me 'Hundreds of Times'

McKayla Maroney: Larry Nassar Abused Me 'Hundreds of Times'”

"The trauma these women have suffered as a result of the sexual abuse and assaults has only been made worse by the failure of these institutions to take meaningful responsibility for what happened to these young girls on their watch", said victims' attorney James White.

After listening to survivors testify on how he would abuse them under the guise of medical treatment for days on end, Nassar in January was handed up to 175 years behind bars on sexual abuse charges. Several victims, including two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney, say they were abused at the Karolyi's Ranch near Houston. "I actually was like, "That makes sense, I don't want to tell anybody about this".

In her first interview since going public with her allegations previous year, Maroney claims her first experience of abuse at the physician's hands occurred during her first check-up at age 13.

This sentiment has been echoed by other members of the Fierce Five gymnastics team who have spoken up about the abuse.

Attorneys Mo Aziz of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz, Texas attorney Michelle Simpson Tuegel, and MI attorney James White, all filed lawsuits on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 alleging that women ranging from age 14 to age 41 were sexually molested by Larry Nassar.

NEW YORK (AP) - Former USA Gymnastics women's national team coordinator Martha Karolyi and her husband Bela tell NBC they were unaware of the abusive behavior by a former national team doctor now serving decades in prison.

"Your coaches are just always watching you and wanting to keep you skinny", Maroney recalled.

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Maroney at first believed Nassar, who is now behind bars, was being nice to her.

"I think I would have starved at the Olympics if I didn't have him bring me food".

"It seemed whenever and wherever [Nassar] could find the chance, I was "treated". "I didn't know that these were all grooming techniques that he used to manipulate and brainwashing me into trusting him".

Maroney, pictured here in 2013, retired from gymnastics in 2016.

Nassar was later sentenced up to 175 years on MI state charges of sexual assault, to go along with a sentence of 40 to 125 years in prison on three counts of sexual assault with another 60-year sentence on federal child pornography charges.

An assistant attorney general at his court hearing in MI labelled him "the most prolific child molester in history".



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