Two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney has joined the growing list of women speaking out as part of the #MeToo movement, announcing Wednesday on Twitter that she had been molested by Larry Nassar, the former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics team doctor.
Maroney, 21, who was part of the Fierce Five that won team gold at the 2012 London Olympics, alleges that she was molested by Nassar beginning at age 13, and that the abuse didn’t stop until she left the sport.
Nassar pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges in June and has also been accused by more than 100 women and girls of sexual assault during his time working with USA Gymnastics. In August, attorneys representing 125 women agreed to take their case to mediation.
It is not known whether Maroney is part of these lawsuits.
“It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first National Team training camps, in Texas, and it didn’t end until I left the sport,” Maroney wrote on Twitter. “It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was ‘treated.’”
Maroney’s allegations mirror those of other gymnasts, saying Nassar told her he was giving her “medically necessary treatment” for injuries.
Along with stating that treatments happened before she won team gold and a silver medal on vault in London, she said the scariest moment happened while on a trip to Tokyo.
“For me, the scariest night of my life happened when I was 15 years old,” Maroney said. “I had flown all day and night with the team to get to Tokyo. He’d given me a sleeping pill for the flight, and the next thing I know, I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a ‘treatment.’ I thought I was going to die that night.”
Maroney’s full post on Twitter can be found below:
— mckayla (@McKaylaMaroney) October 18, 2017
Nassar is currently awaiting a Nov. 27 sentencing date on the federal child pornography charges, and also faces 22 state charges in Michigan on first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Those charges could have him sentenced to life in prison.
Maroney, who last competed in 2013 at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, announced her retirement from gymnastics in 2016.