Former Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney alleged Wednesday that former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar repeatedly molested her, starting when she was 13 years old.
On her verified Twitter account, Maroney made the allegation under the “#MeToo” hashtag, saying that Nassar abused her under the guise of providing “medically necessary treatment.
” That “treatment” began when she was 13, continued during her stellar performance at the 2012 London Olympics and only ended when she left the sport in 2016, Maroney said.
“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,” she wrote.
Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team physician and former Michigan State University associate professor, was arrested last November and accused of sexually assaulting female minors throughout his career. Nassar’s attorneys did not immediately respond to CNN calls on Wednesday regarding Maroney’s allegations.
Maroney is one of a number of women who have come forward with stories of sexual harassment or assault under the “Me Too” campaignin recent days.
The movement was sparked by abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the former studio executive who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by a number of women. A representative for Weinstein released a statement that “unequivocally denied” any allegations of non-consensual sex.
Maroney’s post does not mention Weinstein specifically but does say that this type of abuse “is not just happening in Hollywood.”
“This is happening everywhere. Wherever there is a position of power, there seems to be potential for abuse,” she wrote. “I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there, were unnecessary, and disgusting.”
In a statement Wednesday, USA Gymnastics said it “admires the courage of those, like McKayla Maroney, who have come forward to share their personal experiences with sexual abuse.”
“Because of their strength in coming forward, predators can be held accountable for their actions. We, like so many others, are outraged and disgusted by the conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused. We are sorry that any athlete has been harmed during her or his gymnastics career.”
In addition, USA Gymnastics said it was strengthening and expanding its policies and procedures toward abuse.