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Simone Biles: 'Larry Nassar abused me'

PICTURED: Simone Biles (Photo credit: PA)

SIMONE BILES, has joined a long list of athletes who have allegedly been victims of sexual abuse by longtime US women’s gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.

In a post shared on her Twitter and Instagram pages on Monday (Jan 15), The decorated gymnast detailed the ordeal she suffered while competing for the national gymnastics squad.

“I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar,” Biles wrote in her post. “There are many reasons that I have been reluctant to share my story but I know now it is not my fault.”

Nassar, who had worked as the US team physician for more than 20 years, was sentenced in December to 60 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. He has admitted abusing young gymnasts.

In her message, 20-year-old Biles added that: “it was a lot harder to speak those words out loud” than to “put them on paper,” but that she decided she could no longer “carry the guilt” that she said belongs to the disgraced doctor, as well as the USA Gymnastics (USAG) and others who she feels turned a blind eye to Nassar’s crimes.

“For too long I’ve asked myself, ‘Was I too naive? was it my fault?’ I now know the answer to those questions,” she wrote. “No. No, it was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG, and others.”

The four-time Olympic champion said that Nassar had abused her as well as other girls under the guise of medical treatment. He worked as the US team physician for more than 20 years and was sentenced in December to 60 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. He has admitted abusing young gymnasts.

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