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McKayla Maroney Says USA Gymnastics Attempted To Silence Her Sexual Abuse

“He abused my trust, he abused my body and he left scars on my psyche that may never go away.”

These days, instances of sexual misconduct is coming to light at rapid speeds. On Wednesday (Dec. 19), gold-medal-awarded gymnast McKayla Maroney filed a suit against the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and USA Gymnastics. According to the suit, Maroney alleges that she was required to sign a confidential financial settlement to keep the sexual abuse she suffered as a teen at the hands of team doctor Larry Nassar under wraps.

The 22-year-old also says that the USOC hid its knowledge of Nassar’s misconduct, calling it part of a “culture and atmosphere that conceals known and suspected sexual abusers.” John Manly, Maroney’s attorney, called the confidentiality agreement "an immoral and illegal attempt to silence a victim of child sexual abuse."

The agreement was inked just a few months after the first public accusations against Nassar, who has since pleaded guilty to molesting 10 girls and possessing child pornography. Manly is seeking to have her released from the non-disclosure agreement she signed with USA Gymnastics because in California, where the gymnast lives, a victim of child sexual abuse cannot be forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement as a condition of a settlement.

While the documents do not disclose how much she was paid, sources familiar with the deals say that Maroney received $1.25 million last winter.

“He abused my trust, he abused my body and he left scars on my psyche that may never go away,” Maroney said in a statement. “He needs to be behind bars so he will never prey upon another child.”

 

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An Unofficial Documentary About Drake Is Currently On Streaming Services

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The documentary chronicles the music superstar from his days growing up in Toronto, to portraying Jimmy on the hit-teen drama Degrassi, to becoming a hip-hop star and working with musicians from Kanye West to his Young Money leader, Lil Wayne.

"Discover the untold story of how Drake rewrote the rules and rose from a child actor to become a cultural phenomenon and global musical icon," writes IMDb of the film's synopsis. "He is the king of pop and hip hop, combining many musical styles into one mainstream sound." The film runs 74 minutes long. Interviews from media figures and writers are included in the doc, which was directed and written by British filmmaker Ray King. However, no representatives from Drake's team are included.

Drake has not commented on the doc as of press time. He has been relatively quiet in the news, however, it's being reported that he is close to securing a residency of sorts at the Wynn's XS Nightclub in Las Vegas.

 

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Let Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, He's The Hottest Rapper In The Game Right Now

TMZ caught Soulja Boy out and about on Thursday (Jan. 17) in New York City, where the viral celebrity discusses how he's the hottest MC in hip-hop today, and continues to take shots at some of his contemporaries.

"I’m the hottest rapper in the game, bro," The "Crank Dat" musician says. "Kanye West talking about ‘he Walt Disney’… you ain’t sh*t… I made a million dollars in a week." Of course, this is in reference to the video game console that bares his name.

He continues by discussing that the grind never stops for him, and if it wasn't for his influence, the Internet boom, streaming and more probably wouldn't be as prolific.

"This is natural hustle man, I’m the reason music is digital right now," he continues. He also says that his recent headline-making comments aren't marketing, but the real deal.

"Are you serious? This is real life, real sh*t," he queries. "This not no marketing, bro. I kept it real. I told people I had the biggest comeback of 2018, and n***as wanna talk about Tyga." He concludes by saying that he's thrilled that Travis Scott is not only performing at the Super Bowl, but also that he "took Tyga's b***h" Kylie Jenner.

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Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter, E'Dena Hines is finally getting justice. Lamar Davenport, the man who killed Hines in 2015, has reportedly been sentenced to 20 years in prison, the Manhattan D.A. Cyrus R. Vance Jr. confirms.

Davenport's sentencing was mandated on Thursday (Jan. 17). He was convicted of manslaughter in May 2018. As previously reported, Davenport – who was dating Hines at the time – reportedly killed her in Aug. 2015 outside of their New York City apartment. Witnesses claimed that he repeatedly stabbed her as yelled out comments about religion.  E'Dena was 33.

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