Simone Biles, the star of the 2016 Olympics, has joined the list of gymnasts who were say they were sexually molested by USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.
To date, there are now reportedly 140 women who have accused the disgraced doc of molesting them while under his care including Olympians McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas.
NBC News reports that Biles made the stunning revelation in a statement shared on her social media accounts.
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) January 15, 2018
“Most of you know me as a happy, giggly and energetic girl. But lately … I’ve felt a bit broken and the more I try to shut off the voice in my head the louder it screams,” Biles tweeted in a lengthy #metoo post one day before Nassar’s sentencing hearing.
“I am not afraid to tell my story anymore. I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar.
“For too long I have asked myself, ‘Was I too naive? Was it my fault?’ I now know the answers to those questions. No. No, it was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG (USA Gymnastics), and others.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the elite Michigan sports doctor, 54, pleaded guilty to assaulting seven girls and possession of child pornography was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison at the end of 2017.
While three members of 2012’s Fierce Five team, Maroney, Douglas, and Raisman are not expected to attend Nassar’s sentencing 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzcher will testify during the hearing, which is expected to last through the week.
A parade of accusers will deliver victim impact statements describing how their trust in the team doctor was ultimately violated.
In 2016, Rachel Denhollander, who was 15 years old when she became Nassar’s patient, became the first woman to publicly accuse the depraved physician.
“These were real little girls, some of them as young as 6 years old,” she told NBC affiliate Woodtv.com.
“These are real young women who are suffering devastating consequences now, and this could have been avoided.”
Those testifying will also likely point the finger at not just Nassar but Michigan State University, where he practiced sports medicine.
Olympian Aly Raisman, who has been outspoken about the pattern of abuse that went ignored, confirmed on Twitter that she will not be attending the hearing, but shared her support for Biles and her fellow gymnasts.
I will not be attending the sentencing because it is too traumatic for me. My impact letter will be read in court in front of Nassar. I support the brave survivors. We are all in this together. #StopAbuse
— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) January 15, 2018
[Feature image: Associated Press/Simone Biles]