Aug. 5, 2012: AMERICAN gymnast McKayla Maroney, right, stand together with the Romanian gymnast Sandra Raluca Izbasa during the podium ceremony for the artistic gymnastics women vault finals at the 2012 summer olympics in London.
Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney in a lawsuit filed Wednesday gainst Michigan State University and the U.S. Olympic Committee on Wednesday, alleging that the settings are not properly investigate” the Michigan sports doctor recently convicted of possession of child pornography.
Former U.S. Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar has pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct, admitting that he used his position of authority over the young female patients, some younger than 13, for his own sexual gratification, according to ESPN. And he was convicted on Dec. 7 to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Maroney was paid $1.25 million by the USA Gymnastics in 2016 to be silent about Nassar abuse, while she was a member of the national gymnastics team and the 2012 Olympic team.
“A simple fact is this,” Maroney said in the lawsuit, obtained by Fox News. “As the Michigan State University in the usa Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee had paid attention for one of the red flags in Larry Nassar’s conduct, I never would have met him, I would never have been ‘treated’ by him and that I would never have to be mistreated by him.”
LARRY NASSAR, GYMNASTICS DOCTOR FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES AND THE MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, WAS SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
In this Nov. 22 file photo, Dr. Larry Nassar appears in court for a plea hearing in Lansing, Michigan.
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Maroney’s suit accuses the united states Gymnastics of an attempt to silence her with a confidentiality agreement, which, according to the complaint was done “in direct violation of California Law, and for the purpose of silencing a known victim of Nassar.”
The lawsuit further states that, “Maroney was forced to agree to a nondisparagement clause and a confidentiality provision, in the above-mentioned settlement agreement, with the liquidated damages penalties of more than $100,000, should they, or other related nonparties to speak of her abuse or the settlement.”
Maroney’s attorney, John Manly, called the confidentiality agreement “is an immoral and illegal attempt to silence a victim of sexual abuse.”
He added: “The U.S. Olympic Committee and the united states Gymnastics were well aware of the fact that the victim of sexual abuse in California may not be forced to sign a nondisclosure agreement as a condition of a settlement. Such agreements are illegal for very good reasons; they silence the victims and allow the perpetrators to continue to commit their crimes. That is exactly what happened in this case.”
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Maroney, 2012 a gold medal at the Games in London, described her alleged abuse in a public statement in October.
“It started when I was 13 years old, on one of my first national team training camp, in Texas, and it didn’t end until I got the sport,” she said. “It seemed to be when and where this man could find the chance, I was “treated.” It happened in London, my team and I won the gold medal, and It happened before I won my silver.”
Nassar is accused by more than 140 girls and women – including the gold medal gymnasts Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas — of molesting them by placing his ungloved hand into their vaginas under the pretext of a medical treatment. His alleged victims were young age of 9 years old.
Nassar admitted in his guilty plea that these treatments were in fact criminal sexual abuse.
The effects of the Nassar scandal are far reaching.
LARRY NASSAR’S FORMER BOSS, MICHIGAN STATE DEAN WILLIAM STRAMPEL, STAIRS
In the last week, Nassar’s former boss at MSU, Dean William Strampel of the College of Osteopathic Medicine has resigned, citing health reasons, and the top sponsors of the U.S. Gymnastics, including Procter & Gamble, Kellogg’s, Hershey’s and Under Armour have withdrawn sponsorship support from the organization.
A spokesman for the Michigan State said that the university would not comment. A request for comment from the AMERICAN Olympic games by Fox News was not immediately returned.
Caleb Parke is an associate editor for FoxNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke