This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
Olympic Gymnast McKayla Maroney Alleges That Team Doctor Molested Her For Years
Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney took to Twitter on Wednesday to accuse former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of allegedly molesting her throughout her gymnastics career, beginning when she was 13.
Maroney spoke out as part of the #MeToo movement currently sweeping social media, tweeting, "Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving 'medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years.' It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first National Team training camps, in Texas, and it didn't end until I left the sport."
In her Wednesday statement, Maroney claimed Nassar molested her under the guise of medical treatment throughout her career in gymnastics, recounting one instance of being allegedly drugged by Nassar in Tokyo at the age of 15.
"It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and it happened before I won my Silver. For me, the scariest night of my life happened when I was 15 years old. I had flown all day and night with the team to get to Tokyo. He'd given me a sleeping pill for the flight, and the next thing I know, I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a "treatment." I thought I was going to die that night."
A native of Southern California, Maroney officially announced her retirement from gymnastics in 2016 after winning two Olympic medals—and going viral for her "not impressed" pose at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
In her #MeToo statement, Maroney laid out her thoughts on how to eradicate the scourge of sexual abuse, writing, "Our silence has given the wrong people power for too long, and it's time to take our power back." Maroney's statement garnered support on Twitter from her former "Fierce Five" Olympic teammates Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber.
Michael John Mammone, 58, was riding his bicycle Wednesday along Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point when he was assaulted.
Please don't hurt yourself.
Anthony Lowe was shot and killed by Huntington Park police on Jan. 26. 'Thank goodness that we’re in the era of videos,' said the family attorney as they file a federal civil rights lawsuit
The mountain lion's death comes about a month after the beloved P-22 was euthanized.
With two hikers still missing — one the well-known actor Julian Sands — expert mountaineers say the usual scarcity of snow in the L.A.-area makes it especially hard to get enough experience to safely venture out in harsh conditions.
But Yeoh is the first to publicly identify as Asian. We take a look at Oberon's complicated path in Hollywood.