Months after Larry Nassar was sentenced to 175 years in prison for sexually assaulting his female patients, brave survivor McKayla Maroney is speaking out about the years of abuse she suffered thanks to the troubled ex-doctor. Click through RadarOnline.com's gallery to see the highlights from her tell-all interview.
McKayla Maroney, 22, did not hold back when talking about the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of former USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar, 54.
On her latest explosive interview with Dateline, the now retired Olympian told reporter Savannah Guthrie that her first encounter with Nassar was at Bela and Martha Karolyis' gymnastics camp outside Houston. "He told me that he was going to do, like, a checkup on me, and that was the first day that I was abused," she recalled.
While the couple claimed they knew nothing about Nassar's sick behavior towards the athletes, Maroney assured Guthrie that if they knew what they ate, did and wore, it was impossible that they didn't know what was going on behind closed doors.
In her interview, Maroney claimed that the sexual abuse began when she was 13 and didn't end until she left the sport. She specifically recalled a time during the 2011 Team USA world championships in Tokyo when she was "bawling, naked, on a bed, him on top of me, and I thought I was going to die." She said after that, "it was very, very hard for me to not acknowledge the fact that this was something — this was not treatment."
"I was being abused," she said. "I remember waking up the next day and wanting to tell someone." Maroney then claimed that while sitting in a car with the rest of her teammates and then-Team USA coach John Geddert, she "said out loud that last night, Larry was fingering me." She added that Aly Raisman — who was also abused by Nassar — listened to her and talked to her about the incident. Meanwhile, Geddert said absolutely nothing. Raisman corroborated Maroney's account, telling Guthrie: "I remember John Geddert was in the car and just said nothing." As Radar readers know, Geddert is a longtime friend of Nassar who ran his own gym in Michigan. This January, he was suspended by USAG after various people accused him of physical and verbal abuse. He is also currently under criminal investigation.
Maroney told Guthrie that Nassar had tricked her into trusting him by bringing her food when she was starving and pretending to be her friend. She added, however, that after she spoke out about the abuse and was shut down by USA Gymnastics head honchos, she decided she "was never gonna speak about him again" and that she was "just gonna go along with it."
"I at times question if my gymnastics career was really even worth it because of the stuff I'm dealing with now," Maroney said, later claiming that then-USAG president Steve Penny, told her not to tell anyone else about the abuse. Penny resigned in March of 2017.
After Maroney's claims, USA Gymnastics released a statement saying they did not know about Nassar's sick acts, and they have been fully cooperating with the FBI in the ongoing investigation. McKayla Maroney is doing well, and Larry Nassar is serving time (175 years) after pleading guilty to having sexually abused the young athletes.
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