Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney accuses team doctor of molestation

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David Novarro reports on the #metoo movement sweeping social media and McKayla Maroney's claims that a team doctor sexually assaulted her. (Yves Logghe)

Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney is accusing the former National Gymnastics team doctor of molestation in a Twitter post inspired by the viral 'Me Too' hashtag.

Maroney accused Dr. Larry Nassar of abusing her, starting at the age of 13, saying in the post that he told her she was receiving medically necessary treatment.

She says Nassar once gave her a sleeping pill, and she found herself in his hotel room. She wrote that she thought she was going to die that night.

Nassar is currently awaiting trial on sexual assault charges.

In response to Maroney's tweet, USA Gymnastics released a statement saying,

"USA Gymnastics admires the courage of those, like McKayla Maroney, who have come forward to share their personal experiences with sexual abuse. Because of their strength in coming forward, predators can be held accountable for their actions. We, like so many others, are outraged and disgusted by the conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused. We are sorry that any athlete has been harmed during her or his gymnastics career. We are strengthening and enhancing our policies and procedures regarding abuse, as well as expanding our educational efforts to increase awareness of signs to watch for and reporting suspicions of abuse, including the obligation to immediately report. USA Gymnastics, its members and community are committed to working together to keep our athletes as safe as possible."

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