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Olympic gymnast reveals she was abused by disgraced doctor

US gymnast Simone Biles Photo: AFP/Getty
US gymnast Simone Biles Photo: AFP/Getty

Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles has revealed that she was one of the athletes sexually abused by a now-imprisoned former US gymnastics team doctor.

Biles, who won four gold medals and five overall at the 2016 Olympics, said on Twitter last night that she was one of the "many survivors" abused by Larry Nassar.

Nassar, who spent more than two decades as a physician at USA Gymnastics, while also working at Michigan State University, has admitted sexually assaulting gymnasts, possessing child pornography and molesting girls who sought medical treatment.

He was sentenced in December to 60 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

Biles, now 20, called Nassar's behaviour "completely unacceptable, disgusting, and abusive, especially from someone whom I was told to trust".

Irish Independent

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