Simone Biles latest gymnast to claim team doctor sexually abused her


Simone Biles, who won gold in Rio for the individual all-around title and set an American record for the most gold medals in women's gymnastics at an Olympics, shared Monday how she too had been abused by Nassar.

Biles is not the only one who has come out and detailed her experiences when working with Nassar, fellow gymnast Gabby Douglas is among the women who have come forward with statements about sexual abuse.

He already faces a 60-year sentence for federal child pornography crimes and has one more sentencing hearing scheduled for later this month, for three more sexual assaults committed in another county in MI.

At a November hearing when he pleaded guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault, Nassar apologized for his crimes, the Lansing State Journal reported.

Nassar was the team doctor for four Olympic games, and some of his victims have accused USA Gymnastics, the organisation responsible for selecting and training athletes, of enabling him.

Biles on Monday released a statement via Twitter saying coming forward in the "Me Too" movement was hard but she was inspired by her teammates. No, it was not my fault.

As late as Monday, victims were still coming forward to say former team Doctor, Larry Nassar sexually molested them under the guise of treating them.

Hearing her teammates' stories, she wrote, inspired her to come out with her own: "After hearing the courageous stories of my friends and other survivors, I know that this horrific experience does not define me".

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"Ms Biles, 20, released a statement on Twitter using the hashtag "#MeToo": "After hearing the courageous stories of my friends and other survivors, I know that this horrific experience does not define me".

"This is a process, and one that I need more time to work through", Biles wrote.

Biles noted that she was aware of her "happy, giggly, and energetic" image, but that in private, she had long felt broken due to Nassar's actions. "I am not afraid to tell my story anymore", she wrote. He has admitted abusing young gymnasts.

"I won't let one man, and the others that enabled him ... steal my love and joy", she vowed.

Raisman, a ellow gold medalist, has said she will not attend this week's hearing but acknowledged Biles' revelation.

He has already been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography offences.

Nassar worked at Michigan State University from 1997 to 2016 as an associate professor, and he served as the gymnastics and women's crew team physician.