McKayla and Erin Maroney sent in the eye-opening letters for the judge to read in private, instead of McKayla making her planned appearance in the Grand Rapids, Michigan courtroom to testify against Nassar, the former US gymnastics doctor she says abused her under the guise of medical treatment for six years.
"I. learned a few weeks ago from my daughter that at the world championships in Tokyo, (Nassar) drugged her, made her lay nude on a treatment table, straddled her and digitally penetrated her while rubbing his erect penis against her", Erin Maroney wrote. "Larry Nassar deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison". "She has transformed from a bubbly, positive, loving, world class athlete into a young adult who was deeply depressed, at times suicidal. At times, I was unsure whether I would open her bedroom door and find her dead".
"It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and it happened before I won my silver medal", McKayla wrote, describing the times she says Nassar sexually assaulted her during the 2012 London Olympics.
Dr. Larry Nassar appears in court for a plea hearing in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017..
"It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first national team training camps, in Texas, and it didn't end until I left the sport". She said to me, 'Mom I thought I was going to die'.
'I can not tell you the anguish her Dad and I feel and the responsibility we feel for not being aware of this or being able to stop it'.
Meanwhile, it's been reported that negotiations to settle federal lawsuits filed by more than 140 abuse survivors against MSU, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee have failed and are now expected to go to trial.
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Erin and her husband were told they were not allowed to stay with their daughter at competitions overseas nor on the Karyoli Ranch, the US team's training centre in Huntsville, Texas named after former coaches Bela and Marta Karyoli, where McKayla says Nassar first abused her.
"My husband once questioned the propriety of the isolation of the girls during global travel".
"I can not tell you the anguish her Dad and I feel and the responsibility we feel for not being aware of this or being able to stop it".
Penny resigned in March due to mounting criticism over USA Gymnastics' handling of the allegations against Nassar.
"A simple fact is this". Maroney and her mother, Erin Maroney, both wrote letters detailing the six years of abuse Maroney allegedly suffered at the hands of Nassar.
A MI sports doctor who admits he molested gymnasts and kept a staggering collection of child pornography is getting the first of three prison sentences that will likely keep him locked up for decades.
He has also pleaded guilty to 10 counts of sexual assault in two other cases in MI, admitting that he abused young athletes under the guise of offering medical treatment.
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