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McKayla Maroney, of the 2012 US Women's Gymnastics Olympic Team, poses on the observation deck of the Empire State Building, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Jason DeCrow/Invision/AP)

McKayla Maroney said she was molested by a USA Gymnastics team doctor


An American Olympic gold-medal winning gymnast says she was molested by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor.

McKayla Maroney, 21, on Wednesday joined the #MeToo movement by sharing her experiences with sexual assault and harassment.

“I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there, were unnecessary, and disgusting,” she wrote in a statement on Twitter.

“I was molested by Dr. Larry Nassar, the team doctor for the US Women’s National Gymnastics Team, and Olympic Team,” Maroney continued.

“It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first National Team training camps, in Texas, and it didn’t end until I left the sport.”

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Time on Wednesday reported that Nassar is currently awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges in July.

Several of Maroney’s former teammates have accused him of abusing them while they were minors, but she is the highest profile gymnast yet to come forward.

Nassar, who was team doctor for USA Gymnastics from 1996 to 2015, is due to stand trial over charges of sexually assaulting nine girls, charges for which he has pleaded not guilty.

Maroney won gold in the team gymnastics competition at the 2012 Olympics in London and later scored a silver there at the individual vault finals.

The #MeToo hashtag has been tweeted hundreds of thousands of times this week after actress Alyssa Milano shared if following sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

Multiple women have accused Weinstein, a top Hollywood movie producer, of sexual misconduct against him since allegations first emerged last month.

The #MeToo campaign on social media aims to illustrate the prevalence of sexual harassment by showing how it impacts all manner of people.

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