Bela and Martha Karolyi, Previous Gymnastics Coaches, Deny Understanding About Nassar's Abuse

Bela and Martha Karolyi, Previous Gymnastics Coaches, Deny Understanding About Nassar's Abuse

Javier Howell
April 21, 2018

USA Gymnastics has settled a lawsuit in Georgia that set into motion events that culminated in reports of widespread sexual abuse within the sport and, eventually, the conviction of disgraced U.S. Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar for being a serial sexual predator, the Indianapolis Star reported .

In her first interview since going public with her allegations a year ago, Maroney claims her first experience of abuse at the physician's hands occurred during her first check-up at age 13.

Wieber, in the lawsuit, accused USA Gymnastics of destroying her medical records, asserting the organization provided her with only 20 pages of seemingly unrelated records when she requested all documents associated with the dozens of treatments Nassar provided over the years. "He didn't say it in a way that was like mean or anything like that".

NEW YORK (AP) - Former USA Gymnastics women's national team coordinator Martha Karolyi and husband Bela tell NBC they were unaware of the abusive behavior by a former national team doctor now serving decades in prison.

The Karolyis are co-defendants in several civil lawsuits filed against Nassar and USA Gymnastics, with Olympians Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber and Gabby Douglas among those who say Nassar abused them at the training center. She also served twice as the interim director of the School of Hospitality Business. Viventi said in part that MSU did not publicly contradict her at the meeting because "survivors are quick to claim "revictimization" or "shaming" whenever they are falsely accusing members of the MSU community". Your coaches are just always watching you and wanting to keep you skinny.

Thirteen former USA gymnasts and three coaches interviewed by The Associated Press described a win-at-all-costs culture rife with verbal and emotional abuse in which girls were forced to train on broken bones and other injuries.

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Nassar became a hero to her when he brought her "a loaf of bread".

"I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there were unnecessary and disgusting", she wrote.

The former athlete alleged a particularly disturbing encounter with Nassar occurred when she was 15 and flew "all day and night" to Tokyo with her team. "I didn't know that these were all grooming techniques that he used to manipulate and brainwashing me into trusting him".

"I thought I was going to die that night".

Ms. Maroney and also hundreds of other gymnasts, each elite and aspiring, given announcements in two counties in MI earlier this year earlier Dr. Nassar has been sentenced to forty to 125 decades in prison for felony sexual activity in some of those scenarios, and also to 40 to 175 several years for comparable rates in another.

An assistant attorney general at his court hearing in MI labelled him "the most prolific child molester in history".