Olympic Gold Medalist Says USA Gymnastics Paid Her to Stay Silent About Sexual Abuse

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Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney has sued USA Gymnastics, saying officials paid her to keep silent about sexual abuse by team doctor Larry Nassar. The Wall Street Journal reports USA Gymnastics paid Maroney $1.25 million to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Her lawyer says the gold medalist signed the non-disclosure because she needed the money for “lifesaving psychological treatment” as a result of the trauma from the sexual abuse. Dozens of female athletes, including members of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team, have accused Nassar of penetrating their vaginas with his fingers and covering up the abuse by pretending it was part of a medical treatment.

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