Gabby Douglas Releases New Statement on Abuse Allegations Against Larry Nassar

Trevor Jackson
November 23, 2017

He was charged with molesting seven girls - many of them gymnasts - while working for Team USA and Michigan State University. "Why would they question this gymnastics god?"

Olympic gold medal-winning gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas are among those who have said Nassar abused them.

"I didn't know anything differently", Raisman said, per the New York Post's Mark Moore. The Olympic gymnasts are not part of the MI cases.

"I want them to heal".

As expected, former US gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar pleaded guilty Wednesday to seven counts of first-degree criminal conduct, as reported by CNN, having used the power of his position to sexually abuse underage girls.

Nassar plead guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County Circuit Court, according to Detroit News, and is expected to face at least 25 years in prison.

Jamie Dantzscher, a bronze medalist on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, was part of the initial wave of lawsuits filed against Nassar in 2016 following reporting by the Indianapolis Star that highlighted chronic mishandling of abuse allegations against coaches and staff at some of USA Gymnastics' more than 3,500 clubs across the country.

"I don't believe there was anything honest in what Larry said, other than his desire to refocus the attention on the good that he believed he did today". He is facing similar charges in the MI area, which have been filed by more than 125 women and girls.

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With Nassar now being held accountable for his crimes, three of his victims and their lawyers demanded additional accountability from officials who were aware of prior accusations.

He served as the USA Gymnastics physician through four Olympic Games.

The university did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but earlier this year announced policy reforms to address campus sexual assault.

One of the attorneys, John Manly, said the state's attorney general or someone else should conduct an outside investigation of Michigan State, which has been doing an internal review.

Separately, Nassar is also awaiting sentencing on federal charges of receiving child pornography, possessing child pornography and a charge that he hid and destroyed evidence in the case.

The former doctor - who was stripped of his licence - is due to be sentenced on 12 January.

Nassar is also scheduled to appear in a separate plea hearing Monday on the remainder of the charges against him.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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