Simone Biles, four times Olympic Champion has alleged that she was sexually abused by the former Team USA Gymnastics Sports Doctor, Larry Nassar.
Nassar, 54, was jailed in December 2017 for possessing child sex abuse images. He has admitted assaulting female gymnasts and will be sentenced this month.
Simone Biles who won four gold and one bronze medal in the Olympic Games at Rio in 2016 made her allegations on Twitter:
“I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar.
Most of you know me as a happy, giggly and energetic girl. But lately I’ve felt broken and the more I try to shut off the voice in my head the louder it screams. I am not afraid to tell my story any more.”
She added: “It is impossibly difficult to relive these experiences and it breaks my heart even more to think that as I work towards my dream of competing in Tokyo 2020, I will have to continually return to the same training facility where I was abused.”
“I am unique, smart, talented, motivated and passionate. I have promised myself that my story will be much greater than this and I promise all of you that I will never give up.”
“I love this sport too much and I have never been a quitter. I won’t let one man, and the others that enabled him, to steal my love and joy.”
One hundred and thirty women have filed law suits against Nassar alleging abuse. Olympic gold medallists, Aly Rausman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney have come forward alleging sexual abuse, “under the guise of medical treatment.”
Nassar was involved with US Gymnastics between 1980 and July 2015 when he was dismissed by the Sports National Body. Nassar was involved in the scandal which resulted in the President of USA Gymnastics, Steve Penney, resigning in 2016 after he was accused by victims of not “quickly” reporting the abuse allegations to the authorities.
Nassar’s legal representatives have told the BBC that, “they would not comment on Biles’ statement.”
USA Gymnastics have made the following statement: “absolutely heartbroken, sorry and angry that Simone Biles or any of our athletes have been harmed by the horrific acts of Larry Nassar”.
Jordans successfully represent and obtain compensation for clients who have suffered abuse whilst participating in sporting clubs and organisations. We would urge anyone affected to contact the Police and report their allegations. We would encourage anyone who would like help in pursuing a civil claim to contact us.