McKayla Maroney Dishes On U.S. Gymnastics Sex Abuse Cover-Up

Edward VKanty - Author
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Aug. 31 2019, Updated 6:58 a.m. ET

McKayla Maroney previously spoke publicly about the sex abuse she was subjected to from U.S.A. Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. In a new suit filed with the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday, Ms. Maroney took that allegation a step further by naming several parties, including the United States Olympic Committee, in a complaint that alleges attempts to cover up the sex abuse scandal. Attorney John Manly, speaking on behalf of McKayla, says nondisclosure agreements that the gymnasts were forced to sign were illegal in that they attempted to conceal the abuse of minor children.

Olympic Gold Medalist McKayla Maroney Sues U.S.A. Gymnastics Over Sex Abuse Cover-Up

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CBS News reports that Ms. Maroney has also alleged that U.S.A. Gymnastics and Michigan State University were all complacent in attempting to cover up the sex abuse committed by Nassar. Together with Larry Nassar and the United States Olympics Committee, McKayla names a total of four defendants in her court documents, all of whom she alleges played a part in covering up the sex abuse of Olympic gymnasts.

In her lawsuit, Ms. Maroney states that she was compelled to sign an N.D.A. (nondisclosure agreement), which included a significant settlement for damages. The statement suggests the money was used to control what Maroney and her parents said about instances of sexual abuse at the hands of the team doctor.

In a separate public statement, Mr. Manly pointed out that the U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S.A. Gymnastics knew all along that forcing minors to sign confidentiality agreements to conceal sexual assault or abuse is illegal. He added that the reasoning behind this type of law is obvious in that such an agreement would permit an abuser to continue assaulting his victims.

“Such agreements are illegal for very good reasons — they silence victims and allow perpetrators to continue committing their crimes. That is exactly what happened in this case,” the attorney said in part.

McKayla Maroney Violated Her N.D.A.

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