Simone Biles Reveals She Was Molested
Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles is the latest in the list of gymnasts who say they were molested by team doctor Larry Nassar. She shared the news on social media, stating,
Most of you know me as a happy, giggly and energetic girl. 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. am not afraid to tell my story anymore. I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar,. For too long I have asked myself, ‘Was I too naive? Was it my fault?’ I now know the answers to those questions. No. No, it was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG [USA Gymnastics], and others.
See her complete statement below.
Her statement comes just one day before a weeklong sentencing hearing where Nassar will hear from nearly 100 victims.
Biles’ statement follows similar disclosures from three members of the 2012 “Fierce Five” team — McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas.
Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty in Ingham County, Michigan, to sexually assaulting seven girls, but the judge is allowing all of his accusers to speak. More than half of those who have filed complaints are expected to give a statement.
Some will stand at a podium and speak directly to Nassar, who is expected to be sitting in the witness box. Others have sent audio recording that will be played in the courtroom. Still others have sent written statements that will be read aloud by a prosecutor.