Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Gym­nast Biles says she was sex­u­ally abused by team doc­tor

- Agence France­Presse sportsdesk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

LOSANGELES: Olympic gym­nas­tics su­per­star Si­mone Biles re­vealed on Mon­day she was sex­u­ally abused by dis­graced for­mer USA team doc­tor Larry Nas­sar, who was last month jailed for 60 years on child porn charges.

In a state­ment posted on Twit­ter, Biles said she had wres­tled with her de­ci­sion to go pub­lic with her story since the scan­dal broke. “Most of you know me as a happy, gig­gly, and en­er­getic girl,” the 20-year-old reign­ing Olympic all-around cham­pion wrote.

“But lately I’ve felt a bit 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 any­more. I too am one of the many sur­vivors that was sex­u­ally abused by Larry Nas­sar,” the 10-time World Cham­pi­onship medal­list added.

Nas­sar has been ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing more than 100 young girls in­clud­ing sev­eral US Olympians.

Biles’s team-mates Aly Rais­man, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Dou­glas are among the mem­bers of USA Gym­nas­tics squads who have said they were sex­u­ally as­saulted by Nas­sar.

The 54-year-old was sen­tenced to 60 years in prison in De­cem­ber on child pornog­ra­phy charges.

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