Simone Biles is speaking out about her pain after a troubling new report claims USA Gymnastics never investigated if she had been abused by team doctor Larry Nassar.
In a new article by the Wall Street Journal, the outlet is accusing USA Gymnastics of keeping the four-time Olympic gold medalist purposely in the dark as they investigated Nassar. She was one of the first to raise alarm about Nassar.
“Can’t tell you how hard this is to read and process. The pain is real and doesn’t just go away…especially when new facts are still coming out,” she said in a tweet on Friday, while also asking what it will take to investigate the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee and USA Gymnastics.
Last year, Biles came forward publicly with accusations of sexual abuse againstNassar.
“I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar,” Biles wrote on Instagram. “Please believe me when I say it was a lot harder to first speak those words out loud than it is now to put them on paper. There are many reasons that l have been reluctant to share my story, but I know now it is not my fault.”
Biles and 140 other women accused Nassar of sexual abuse, including U.S. gymnastic stars Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney. He is now in prison.
This past summer, Biles criticized USA Gymnastics for having failed its athletes.”You had one job. You literally had one job and you couldn’t protect us,” she said.