— mckayla (@McKaylaMaroney) October 18, 2017
In a letter shared on social media early Wednesday, inspired by the #MeToo Twitter campaign, the 21-year-old Olympic gymnast accused Dr. Larry Nassar of molesting her when she was a young teen while he served as a physician for the U.S. Women’s National Gymnastics Team and Olympic Team. He has not responded to Maroney’s claims but does face separate sexual assault charges, which he has denied.
Maroney wrote,Her fellow team mates, Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman and Kyla Ross all tweeted their support.
So sad and heartbreaking that this happened to you Mack. I’m here for you and I support you https://t.co/LXA1Yf04FC
— Jordyn Wieber (@jordyn_wieber) October 18, 2017
100% support you. SO proud of you and your strength. Love you like a sister!! https://t.co/1VHb79a7lx
— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) October 18, 2017
Heartbreaking that things like this can happen in this world😭 My heart goes out to you mac & all those affected by such tragic events🙏🏽❤️ https://t.co/9KsKtC2a2y
— Kyla Ross (@kyla_ross96) October 18, 2017
More than 100 women, namely female athletes, have sued Nasser for alleged sexual assault. He has denied abuse.
Like many of them, Maroney accused him in her tweets of carrying out the abuse under the guise of performing medical examinations. In February, he was charged with sexually assaulting nine girls. He awaits trial in December.