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USA Gymnastics paid Olympian McKayla Maroney $1.25 million to keep quiet about years of sex abuse

Two weeks ago, Larry Nassar, the child molester and former gymnastics doctor responsible for the largest sex abuse scandal in U.S. sports history, was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison on child pornography charges. Nassar faces two more sentencing trials in January, and the public is only just beginning to reckon with the lengths to which USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University, and other gymnastics organizations went to in order to enable or excuse his abuse of at least 150 girls and young women.

Maroney, one of the gold-medal winning Fierce Five gymnasts at the 2012 London Olympics, revealed amidst the #MeToo campaign this fall that Nassar molested her for most of her elite gymnastics career; she even recalled one time when he drugged her. Two of Maroney’s teammates in London – Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman – have also come forward as survivors of Nassar’s abuse.

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