Gabrielle Douglas celebrates on the podium after winning a gold medal for the United States.
Gabrielle Douglas celebrates on the podium after winning a gold medal for the United States.
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Olympic gold-medalist Gabby Douglas is joining more than 100 women — including Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman y McKayla Maroney — who’ve accused former USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar of sexual abuse.

The 21-year-old gymnast shared a lengthy Instagram post with fans on Tuesday, opening up about her past experiences with the physician and apologizing again for recent controversial comments she made about sexual assault and women’s responsibility to dress appropriately.

“I know that no matter what you wear, it NEVER gives anyone the right to harass or abuse you,” Douglas wrote, apologizing again to her former teammates and fans. “It would be like saying that because of the leotards we wore, it was our fault we were abused by Larry Nassar.”

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The gymnast went on to explain why she’s remained silent about Nassar for so long, offering her teammates support for speaking out.

“I didn’t publicly share my experiences as well as many other things because for years we were conditioned to stay silent and honestly some things were extremely painful,” she continued. “I wholeheartedly support my teammates for coming forward with what happened to them.”

In a statement to Los New York Times, Douglas’s publicist, Jeff Raymond, said “Gabby is confirming that she too was a victim of Larry Nassar” through the Instagram post.

After Olympic gymnast Simone Biles saw Douglas’s controversial response to Aly Raisman’s call to stop victim shaming, she tweeted, “honestly seeing this brings me to tears bc as your teammate I expected more from you & to support her.”

Douglas initially responded with an apology, saying she didn’t correctly word what she was trying to say and used the hashag “Me Too,” which actress Alyssa Milano promoted to encourage women to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault.

Nassar, who’s currently in jail, is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday. He awaits sentencing as a result of pleading guilty to three federal child pornography charges in July, and faces 23 criminal sexual conduct charges.

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