McKayla Maroney thought Nassar would KILL her after night of abuse at 15


FORMER gymnast McKayla Maroney has shared how she sought a knife when she was a 15-year-old girl terrified that then USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was going to “kill” her after he molested her in a hotel room. 

The now 25-year-old former Olympic gold medal winner said she was “looking around for a knife… because I thought he was going to kill me that night.” 

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Former gymnast McKayla Maroney has shared how she searched for a knife as a 15-year-old girl terrified of then USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was going to “kill” herCredit: Reuters
“I was like, 'There’s no way he is going to let me go after what he just did to me'"

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“I was like, ‘There’s no way he is going to let me go after what he just did to me'”Credit: Instagram / McKayla Maroney
Dr. Nassar, 57, was convicted of sexually violating young athletes over multiple decades

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Dr. Nassar, 57, was convicted of sexually violating young athletes over multiple decadesCredit: Facebook / USA Gymnastics

“I was like, There’s no way he is going to let me go after what he just did to me.” 

NASSAR: ‘HAVE TO DO THINGS’

The athlete told Elle Magazine that she was 13-years-old when she was first sexually abused by the former Team USA doctor at one of her first training camps.

After he molested her, Maroney said Nassar inflicted a cruel warning: “‘You know, to be a great athlete, we sometimes have to do things that other people wouldn’t do.”

The grownup Maroney knows now it was a calculated move to ensure her obedience.

“Basically, he was silencing me and saying, ‘This is what it takes to be great.’”

Dr. Nassar, 57, was convicted of sexually violating young athletes over multiple decades.

Nassar’s criminal acts were brought to bear back in 2016 with federal child pornography offenses and sexual abuse charges in Michigan.

Agents found bins full of hard drives containing 37,000 images and videos of child pornography.

Two years later Nassar was sent to prison for 175 years for being convicted of sexually assaulting scores of young women.

He pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting 125 girls and women between 1998 and 2015.

‘GET THE GOLD MEDAL’

Maroney explained in the magazine that her training at the notorious Karolyi Ranch in rural Texas, which she compared to a “military camp” contributed to the molestations and achieved nothing but perfect tens and gold medal greatness at any cost.

“It was a perfect breeding ground for Larry Nassar to sneak in,” she told Elle of the space for the gymnasts to train, founded by former married team coordinators Bela and Martha Karolyi. 

“Our coaches were so focused on us being skinny and us being the best to get the gold medal for their own ego.”

When she was in the room with Nassar, Maroney said she would attempt to dissuade him from handling her body. 

She said she would even constrict her legs to communicate her disapproval.

“We would be like, ‘No, don’t do that. We just want you to work on our backs, our shins, our feet,’” she said. 

“And we’d be annoyed. We’d be mad. We all hated it.”

‘WE WERE 13’

Among themselves, Nassar’s sexual abuse wasn’t exactly clear to barely the talented young teens.

“We all talked about it in little ways,” Maroney explained. 

“We never said, ‘We’re being molested,’” she said, but the gymnasts confided in each other that they were being digitally penetrated by Nassar. 

Maroney’s fellow teammate Aly Raisman, who also described being abused by Nassar, told the magazine they were “being abused at the same location, same day.”

They simply relied on each other to get through it. 

“We helped each other survive,” she said. 

It wasn’t until years later that she realized how criminal and damaging Nassar’s behavior was. 

“But we were 13…” she admitted and collectively too young to understand the ramifications of the man’s sexual abuse.

“We were really young and naive from living in a gym.”

ANSWERED FBI QUESTIONS

In the summer of 2015, Maroney spoke to the FBI for two hours answering questions about Larry Nassar, according to Elle. 

Then following Nassar’s conviction, more than one hundred women in 2018, including Maroney’s Olympic teammates supplied made victim statements at his sentencing hearing in Michigan. 

Maroney announced that Nassar molested her during the 2012 Olympics and in a Tokyo hotel room one year earlier causing her to have “blacked out – kind of like he forgot how long he was doing it, because the whole time he’s pleasuring himself, he’s enjoying it.” 

Back during the 2012 Olympics in London, when she recalled searching for the knife that one fearful night when she was 15, Maroney remembered thinking, “What’s stopping me from saying he did this to me?”

She said Nassar plied her with a sleeping pill on a flight to Tokyo with her teammates and she ended up by herself with him in his hotel room.  

But on this night, she said Nassar told her, “Okay, you can go to bed.” 

Maroney said that she tried to tell someone but felt “surrounded by intimidating coaches and didn’t have my mom with me.” 

“I felt completely unsafe,” she says. “And that was the first time I was like, ‘That was abuse.’ ”

Maroney said she and other gymnasts "all talked about it in little ways”

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Maroney said she and other gymnasts “all talked about it in little ways”Credit: Getty Images – Getty
In 2018, Nassar was sent to prison for 175 years for being convicted of sexually assaulting scores of young women

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In 2018, Nassar was sent to prison for 175 years for being convicted of sexually assaulting scores of young womenCredit: AP

 

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