US Olympic gold medallist Gabby Douglas says doctor sexually abused her

Gabby Douglas Releases New Statement on Abuse Allegations Against Larry Nassar

He was also a team physician at Michigan State University where he worked directly with both the gymnastics and crew teams.

"The showing of them today, I'm very proud of them for being here for finding those voices", she said.

"I kind of feel like it was a manipulation tactic of him saying well I'm doing this for you guys, I'm doing this so you can start healing and the community can start healing", she said.

He could face no less than 5 years and not more than 20 years in prison.

ROSEMARIE AQUILINA: Do you agree that between May 9, 2014, and May 8, 2015, you sexually penetrated Victim D by putting your finger into her vagina?

Nassar appeared in a MI courtroom early Wednesday morning dressed in his jailhouse orange jumpsuit where he entered the plea.

The criminal cases against Nassar followed reports past year in The Indianapolis Star about how USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians, mishandled complaints about sexual misconduct involving the doctor and coaches. Nassar is expected to also plead guilty on November 29 in neighboring Eaton County - the location of an elite gymnastics club - resolving state prosecutors' charges against him.

In a brief statement to the court, Nassar said he believes pleading guilty is the best way he can "stop the hurting". "I have no animosity toward anyone. I wholeheartedly support my teammates for coming forward with what happened to them". "He was a doctor and he told me that his treatment would help heal all of my injuries".




Ms. Maroney was the first of the gold medal-winning gymnasts to publicly accuse Dr. Nassar when she revealed details of her abuse in October, and Jamie Dantzscher, a bronze medalist from the 2000 team, was among the initial group of Dr. Nassar's accusers past year.

BOYCE: There was a point I had to look away because it was really hard. They came forward after fellow gymnast Rachael Denhollander went public with her story previous year.

More than 100 women and girls have accused Nassar of sexual abuse.

Nassar admitted in court to wielding his position as a respected doctor as a way to abuse the girls-something Raisman was especially vocal about when she opened up about her own allegations against Nassar.

Women's gymnastics coach Kathie Klages resigned earlier this year, but others remain on the job.

Nassar also agreed to a lifetime of electronic monitoring. The university says it can't comment on specific allegations while involved in civil suits.

Harrison said while it wasn't easy to do, she's happy she attended the hearing.

The plea deal in Ingham County calls for a minimum prison sentence of 25 years, but the judge could set the minimum sentence as high as 40 years. Nassar's sentencing is in January, and the judge is inviting every woman and girl abused by the former gymnastics doctor to come make a victim impact statement.

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