Fierce Five's Jordyn Wieber files suit against USA Gymnastics, USOC, MSU

Maroney also said Nassar told her that his abusive treatment was part of her "sacrifice" to get to the Olympics, and to keep it secret as others wouldn't understand. "Sometimes you're just left in the dust, and you have to pick up the pieces of your life".

She added: "I didn't believe that they would understand". I don't want to tell anybody about this. She filed a lawsuit in California Tuesday alleging Michigan State and former USA Gymnastics leaders hid Nassar's conduct from the public and law enforcement.

Maroney, now 22, was only 13 years old when she first started seeing Nassar at the Texas ranch, a 2,000-acre compound that previously served as the official training site the national gymnastics team.

A series of criminal and civil investigations have been launched into the United States Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and Michigan State after numerous accusers said their complaints about Nassar were ignored for years.

"If you're allowing people inside to address the problem, it won't work", said attorney Vince Finaldi.

Olympic gymnast Jordyn Wieber filed a lawsuit against MSU, USA Gymnastics, ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar and others in the Los Angeles Superior Court. "The people and organizations who are responsible need to accept responsibility for the pain they caused me and my sister survivors".

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By the time she retired from the sport, it amounted to "hundreds" of incidents.

At the Prevention of Cruelty to Children luncheon in NY on Tuesday, the athlete also shared that Nassar even referred to the abuse as her "sacrifice" to get to the Olympics.

USA Gymnastics responded to Maroney's comments in a statement to NBC News and praised her courage for speaking out.

McKayla Maroney's gymnastics career brought her a pair of Olympic medals and widespread fame.

McKayla Maroney said former team doctor Larry Nassar molested her "hundreds" of times. "I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there, were unnecessary, and disgusting".

In October, Maroney became the first household name to come forward when she first revealed that she was sexually abused by Nassar from the age of 13 until her retirement from the sport previous year. "We can't give up on ending sexual abuse".

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