Another Olympic gymnastic champion has said that she too was sexually assaulted by former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
Five-time Olympic medalist Simone Biles posted a statement Monday on Twitter that she has been feeling broken but is no longer afraid to come forward.
“It is not normal to receive any type of treatment from a trusted team physician and refer to it horrifyingly as the ‘special’ treatment,” Biles wrote. “This behavior is completely unacceptable, disgusting and abusive, especially coming from someone whom I was TOLD to trust.”
“For too long, I’ve asked myself, ‘Was I too naive? Was it my fault?’” she continued. “I now know the answer 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 and others.”
Biles’ post comes of the eve of an Ingham County Circuit Court hearing that is expected to last four days before Nassar is sentenced for first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Nearly 100 young women are expected to make statements while Nassar listens in the witness booth.
“We need to know why this was able to take place for so long and to so many of us,” Biles wrote. “We need to make sure something like this never happens again.”
She signed her tweet, #MeToo.
Biles was among the most decorated woman athletes during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, winning five medals, four of them gold.