On Wednesday, gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney claimed she was molested by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar for seven years, starting at the age of 13.
As noted by The New York Daily News, "Nassar has been accused of molesting dozens of young athletes associated with USA Gymnastics and his Michigan State University clinic. He is being sued by more than 125 women claiming he sexually assaulted them under the pretense of medical treatment."
While it's unclear if Maroney is involved in legal action against Nassar, she claims she was victimized in this same manner: under the guise of receiving "treatment."
"I was molested by Dr. Larry Nassar," she wrote in a Twitter post. "It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was 'treated.'"
"It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and it happened before I won my Silver," said the 21-year-old.
Maroney recalled a night in Japan, where she was allegedly given a sleeping pill by Nassar and abused when she woke up in his hotel room.
"For me, the scariest night of my life happened when I was 15 years old," she said. "I had flown all day and night with the team to get to Tokyo. He'd given me a sleeping pill for the flight, and the next thing I knew, I was alone with him in his hotel room getting a 'treatment.' I thought I was going to die that night."
Maroney framed the abuse as an "unnecessary and disgusting" "price" she paid to fulfill her Olympic dreams.
"Sure, from the outside looking in, it’s an amazing story. I did it. I got there, but not without a price," she said.