Aly Raisman Says She Was Abused by Former Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar

Nov 11, 2017, 00:37
Aly Raisman Says She Was Abused by Former Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar

Six-time Olympic medalist and three-time gold-winning gymnast Aly Raisman is the latest to allege sexual abuse by Dr. Larry Nassar, a MI doctor who worked with the United States gymnastics team.

According to CBS News, Raisman will reveal her experiences with Nassar on 60 Minutes on Sunday.

Another former Olympic gymnast, McKayla Maroney, said in October that she was one of the victims of the doctor, a revelation in the middle of the Weinstein affair.

Nassar pleaded guilty to federal child-pornography charges in June and has been accused by more than 100 women and girls of sexual assault.

Nassar, who was involved with USA Gymnastics for almost three decades as a trainer and national medical coordinator, already faces 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and could receive a sentence of life in prison.

Raisman, 23, is the latest member of the U.S. national team and the biggest United States gymnastics star to reveal being molested by Nassar, who is facing more than 20 counts of sexual assault.

RAISMAN: Why are we looking at why didn't the girls speak up?

"I am angry", she told interviewer Dr. Jon LaPook.

"I see these young girls that come up to me, and they ask for pictures or autographs, whatever it is". "These girls, they should be comfortable going to USA Gymnastics and saying 'I need help, I want therapy". She details the abuse in her book "Fierce", which will be released next week.

More than 140 women are now suing Nassar and his former employer, Michigan State University, as well as USA Gymnastics and other defendants.

Raisman - a 2-time national team captain who won 6 gold medals - opened up about the allegations to "60 Minutes". saying she met with the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the '16 Rio Olympics. She is calling for major changes at USA Gymnastics, the national governing body for her sport. More and more women have recently spoken out against him, including another Olympic gymnastics star, McKayla Maroney.

"I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there, were unnecessary, and disgusting", Maroney wrote. USA Gymnastics hired Kerry Perry as its new president and CEO on Tuesday after president Steve Penny resigned in March after 12 years on the job. "We want to work with Aly and all interested athletes to keep athletes safe". In a statement to "60 Minutes", it added that "USA Gymnastics is very sorry that any athlete has been harmed. We are grateful to the athletes that brought their concerns about Dr. Nassar to USA Gymnastics".

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