Wieber comes forward to say she was assaulted by Nassar

  • Wieber comes forward to say she was assaulted by Nassar

Wieber comes forward to say she was assaulted by Nassar

A gold-medal winning Olympian has confronted disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar at his sentencing in court to reveal he abused her, too. "That I am no longer a victim".

Also testifying Friday was a fellow member of the 2012 "Fierce Five" Olympic team, Jordyn Wieber, who received a hug of support from Raisman.

"Larry, you do realize now that we, this group of women you so heartlessly abused over a long period of time are now a force, and you are nothing".

Wieber said she began seeing Nassar at age eight, since she grew up in Lansing and Nassar worked at nearby Michigan State University.

"I thought that training for the Olympics would be hardest thing I would ever have to do".

Raisman had said on Twitter last week she did not plan to attend Nassar's sentencing, but she said she chose to do so after watching the proceedings from afar. I have both power and voice, and I am only beginning to just use them.

Wieber, a DeWitt native, criticized "the lack of accountability" from USA Gymnastics, the US Olympic Committee, and MSU in her victim impact statement Friday morning.

"I will not rest until every last trace of your influence on this sport has been destroyed like the cancer it is".

"You deceived me. You manipulated me, and you abused me", Antolin said, adding that "only a monster would harm innocent children the way Larry did". "We are here. We have our voices, and we are not going anywhere", Raisman said.

"I had no idea he was sexually abusing me for his own benefit", Wieber said. "I even talked to my teammates, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, about this treatment and how uncomfortable it made us feel". Only then can we believe such changes are real.

McKayla Maroney submitted a written statement about her abuse, which was read to the court on Thursday.

Nassar's victims, already betrayed by a physician they trusted to ease their pain, should not be let down a second time by a university president more interested in shielding the school from legal liability than finding the truth.

In December, a federal judge sentenced Nassar to 60 years in prison for possessing thousands of images of child pornography.

The criminal cases against Nassar followed reports previous year in The Indianapolis Star about how USA Gymnastics mishandled complaints about sexual misconduct involving the doctor and coaches.

During Day 1 of sentencing, several victims spoke on the record about the abuse they endured from the former gymnastics doctor.