Simone Biles says she was sexually abused by Larry Nassar
(WJBK) - Simone Biles says she was also sexually assaulted by disgraced ex-Team USA and Michigan State gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
Biles, 20, who was a key member of the 2016 gold medal winning Olympics team said online "I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar."
Biles released her statement on Twitter with #MeToo saying there were many reasons she had been relunctant to share her story but "I now know that it is not my fault."
"Please believe me when I was say it was a lot harder to first speak those words out loud than it is now to put them on paper."
"There are many reasons that I have been reluctant to share my story, but I know now it's not my fault."
"This behavior is completely unacceptable, disgusting, and abusive, especially coming from someone whom I was TOLD to trust."
"As I continue to work through the pain, I kindly ask everyone to respect my privacy. This is a process, and one that I need more time to work through."
Biles is the latest athlete to come forward with allegations against Nassar along with former teammates McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas among the more than 100 victims.
In November, Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct. He has already been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child porn.
Nassar is the former Michigan State University and USA gymnastics doctor. Many of these assault took place while Nasser was performing "treatment" on these young women athletes on campus.
Nassar offered an apology last November.
"I'm so horribly sorry, that this was like a match that turned into a forest fire out of control," he said. "I Pray the rosary every day for forgiveness. I want them to heal."