Simone Biles: “I Was Also Sexually Abused by Larry Nassar”
Four-time Olympic champion, Simone Biles, says she was sexually abused by former USA gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.
The star athlete made the revelation in a long statement on her social media accounts.
“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 wrote in the post.
“I am not afraid to tell my story anymore. I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar,” she continued.
“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.”
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) January 15, 2018
Biles, 20, said she had been debating whether or not to go public with her story as she continues to train for Tokyo 2020.
Biles becomes the fourth member of the “Final Five” to come out against Nassar. Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney have all accused the team doctor of sexual misconduct.
USA Gymnastics released a statement saying it was “absolutely heartbroken, sorry and angry that Simone Biles or any of our athletes have been harmed by the horrific acts of Larry Nassar.
“USA Gymnastics will continue to listen to our athletes and our members in our efforts of creating a culture of empowerment with a relentless focus on athlete safety every single day.”
However, Nassar was jailed for 60 years in December last year, for possession of child abuse images and is also awaiting sentencing after admitting to assaulting seven female gymnasts.
He has been accused of molesting over 100 female athletes over the course of three decades while he worked with the USA gymnastics team.