'Hanging by a thread': Gold medalist breaks silence on disgraced doctor

Lawrence Kim
January 20, 2018

"He had given me a sleeping pill for the flight and the next thing I know I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a 'treatment.' I thought I was going to die that night".

She said she made a decision to attend Nassar's hearing after listening to other victim impact statements and realizing she needed to be there. A written statement from McKayla Maroney was read into court Thursday, and Gabby Douglas has also said publicly the former team doctor abused her. "Your abuse started 30 years ago", she said.

"He did it time after time, appointment after appointment". But many also said that having the chance to face Nassar in court and tell their stories was empowering.

After Wieber gave her testimony, the victim impact statements continued, with at least four minors coming forward to speak at the time of this publication.

The former star gymnast confronted the former USA Gymnastics team doctor.

And on Friday, Michigan State's Board of Trustees asked the Michigan attorney general to review the Nassar case, according to a statement CNN obtained.

But the athletes did not question the abuse, she said, because of his stellar reputation in the gymnastics world as a "miracle worker".

With her husband by her side Chelsea Williams delivers a victim impact statement at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar
'Hanging by a thread': Gold medalist breaks silence on disgraced doctor

"Larry, you do realize now that we, this group of women you so heartlessly abused over a long period of time are now a force, and you are nothing".

" Play it straight" is how President Lou Anna Simon says she advised her Michigan State University staff to handle allegations of sexual misconduct against a MSU physician.

"I have represented the United States of America in two Olympics. and both USA Gymnastics and the USOC have been very quick the capitalize and celebrate my success. But I want everyone - especially the media - to know that despite my athletic achievements I am one of over 140 women and survivors whose story is important".

"We need an independent investigation of exactly what went wrong", Raisman said. "After watching many of these heartbreaking statements and reading accounts about them, we have concluded that only a review by your office can resolve the questions in a way that the victims, their families, and the public will deem satisfactory and that will help all those affected by Nassar's awful crimes to heal".

Wieber is among more than 70 women and girls who have spoken during Nassar's lengthy sentencing hearing, which began Tuesday and is expected to stretch into next week before a judge determines his sentence.

Nassar is already serving a 60 year sentence for child pornography.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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