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Gabby Douglas: Team Doctor Sexually Abused Her, Too

Gabby Douglas: Team Doctor Sexually Abused Her, Too

Olympic champion Gabby Douglas of United States practices on the balance beam before women's all-around gymnastics at in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 4, 2016 (Zhukovsky/Dreamstime)

By    |   Wednesday, 22 November 2017 09:01 AM

Gabby Douglas said gymnastic team doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused her, too, along with other athletes participating on the U.S. team, breaking her silence Tuesday on social media.

The gold-medal winning two-time Olympian becomes one of the most high-profile members of the U.S. gymnastics team to accuse Nassar, who is currently facing criminal sexual contact counts in Michigan, of sexual assault, ABC News reported.

Douglas' statement on Instagram followed charges by Olympic teammates McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman against Nassar, ABC News wrote.

"I didn't publicly share my experiences as well as many other things because for years we were conditioned to stay silent and honestly some things were extremely painful," Douglas wrote on Instagram. "I wholeheartedly support my teammates for coming forward with what happened to them."

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Nassar, who formerly worked with athletes at Michigan State University as well as U.S. Gymnastics, has been charged with 22 counts of criminal sexual conduct from his time working at the university, with five counts related to victims who were under 13, ABC News reported.

Douglas had faced criticism earlier from fellow gymnasts after she appeared critical of comments made by Raisman last week, The Washington Post reported.

In a Twitter post last week, Raisman wrote that a man does not have the right to assault a woman because she dresses sexy.

In retweeting Raisman's post, Douglas added in a response, which the Post said has since been deleted, "however it is our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy. Dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd."

That brought rebuke from the most decorated member of the 2016 Olympic team Simone Biles on Twitter.

Douglas addressed the controversy in Tuesday's statement.

"I didn't view my comments as victim shaming because I know that no matter what you wear, it NEVER gives anyone the right to harass or abuse you," Douglas wrote. "It would be like saying because of the leotards we wore, it was our fault we were abused by Larry Nassar. I do not advocate victim shaming/blaming in any way, shape or form."

More than 125 women, mostly gymnasts, have filed lawsuits against Nassar, accusing him of molesting them while they were under his medical care, the HuffPost reported.

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