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McKayla Maroney Claims USA Gymnastics Covered Up Abuse

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McKayla Maroney performs in the floor exercise during the women's senior division at the U.S. gymnastics championships on Friday, June 8, 2012, in St. Louis. (Jeff Roberson/AP Photo)

By    |   Friday, 22 December 2017 05:00 AM

McKayla Maroney filed a lawsuit claiming that USA Gymnastics tried to silence her from speaking out about sexual abuse by team doctor Larry Nassar by pressuring her to sign a confidential financial settlement, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Olympic gold medalist filed the lawsuit Wednesday, alleging that officials pressured her to enter a non-disclosure agreement as part of a financial settlement which she needed in order to pay for psychological treatment, NBC News reported.

Earlier this year Maroney spoke out against Nassar, saying he had sexually abused her starting when she was 13.

The USA Gymnastics doctor was arrested last year on child pornography charges. He was also previously charged with abusing a girl at his home and is named in more than 60 police complaints and three lawsuits.

He was recently sentenced to 60 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to the child pornography charges, The Associated Press reported.

When Maroney first spoke against Nassar, USA Gymnastics praised her for her courage, NBC News said.

Now the gymnast is not only accusing the governing body of paying for her silence, she is claiming that the United States Olympic Committee covered up knowledge of Nassar's misconduct as part of a "culture and atmosphere that conceals known and suspected sexual abusers," LA Times noted.

"This was an immoral and illegal attempt to silence a victim of child sexual abuse," said Maroney's current attorney, John Manly, according to the LA Times.

USA Gymnastics said in a statement that "the concept of confidentiality was initiated by McKayla's attorney, not USA Gymnastics," CNN reported.

"USA Gymnastics cannot speak to the mediation process, which is confidential and privileged under California law," the statement said. "The process culminated in a settlement agreement that included a mutual nondisclosure clause and a mutual nondisparagement clause."

USA Gymnastics further said it was disappointed by the filing but applauded McKayla "and others who speak up against abusive behavior," CNN reported.

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Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney filed a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee on Wednesday alleging that officials tried to silence her from speaking out about sexual abuse by team doctor Larry Nassar.
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