Add Dominique Moceanu to the list of athletes supporting three former Team USA gymnasts who told “60 Minutes” that former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused them.
The member of the Olympic gold-medal winning 1996 American women gymnastics teams said on social media that the culture in the competitive gymnastics world can “set the stage for such atrocities.”
Moceanu, 35, previously spoke out against the sport’s governing body, which she says didn’t support her after she came forward with her own allegations of abuse by coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi.
In a statement posted Monday, Moceanu said she has “tremendous admiration” for Jamie Dantzscher, Jeannette Antolin and Jessica Howard, who told the TV news show that Nassar abused them — touching them inappropriately, telling them not to wear underwear — while training at the Karolyi Ranch outside Houston.
John Manly, a California attorney, is suing the Karolyis and the USA Gymnastics on behalf of the three women. “The story here is that no one was watching to protect these girls. And they put medals and money first,” Manly told the news program.
Last year, when coach Martha Karolyi was preparing to take Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian to the Rio Olympics, Moceanu told People, “The methods they used of threats and body shaming and humiliation as a tactic to motivate you to perform better, or calling you names of being fat or overweight were methods of physiological and emotional abuse.”
CHRIS BROWN IN TROUBLE
Karrueche Tran has been granted a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, singer Chris Brown.
In court papers obtained by “Entertainment Tonight,” 28-year-old Tran claims Brown threatened to kill her, and that he physically abused her while the two were dating.
Brown, 27, has been ordered to stay 100 yards away from Tran. He is also ordered to not contact her until their March 9 court hearing.
On Tuesday, Brown posted a video promoting his upcoming tour and told fans to “just don’t believe all that bulls—”
In 2009, Brown was charged with felony assault after attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna.
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