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.”