A fourth member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team’s “Fierce Five” stepped forward Friday to say convicted pedophile doctor Larry Nassar molested her too.
Jordyn Wieber appeared in court with teammate Aly Raisman to reveal her allegations in an emotional victim impact statement on the fourth day of the disgraced doctor’s extraordinary sentencing hearing in Lansing, Mich., where he pleaded guilty in November to seven counts of criminal sexual acts with girls 15 or younger.
“I thought that training for the Olympics was the hardest thing that I would ever have to do. But in fact, the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do is process that I’m a victim of Larry Nassar,” Wieber said.
“It’s caused me to feel shame and confusion,” Wieber explained. “I’ve spent months trying to think back on my experience and wonder how I didn’t know this was happening to me and how I became so brainwashed.”
Wieber, 22, won gold at the 2012 London Olympics as a member of the dominating U.S. team dubbed the Fierce Five.
Jordyn Wieber revealed her allegations in an emotional victim impact statement delivered on the fourth day of Nassar’s extraordinary sentencing hearing in Lansing, Mich.
Raisman also appeared Friday to deliver a defiant rebuke of Nassar.
“You are so sick. I can’t even comprehend how angry I feel when I think of you. You lied to me and manipulated me to think that when you treated me, you were closing your eyes because you had been working hard when you were really touching me, an innocent child, to pleasure yourself,” Raisman said.
“Imagine feeling like you have no power and no voice. Well you know what, Larry, I have both power and voice and I am only beginning to just use them,” she added. “All these brave women have power, and we will use our voices to make sure you get what you deserve – a life of suffering spent replaying the words delivered by this powerful army of survivors.”
She said her love of gymnastics was stronger than his “evil,” and she has a new mission now.
“I will not rest until every last trace of your influence on this sport has been destroyed like the cancer it is,” she said. “Larry, you should have been locked up a long, long time ago.”
Wieber said Friday she grew up in the Lansing area and first met Nassar when she was 8. He began abusing her when she was 14, she said, after she started seeing him for a torn hamstring.
“That’s when he started performing the procedure we’re all familiar with,” she said in court, according to live video carried by the Detroit News. “I would cringe at how uncomfortable it felt. He did it time and time again and convinced me it was part of the treatment. The worst part is, I had no idea he was sexually abusing me.”
Wieber criticized USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee for not stopping Nassar. More than 150 women have now accused him of sexually abusing them while he worked for USA Gymnastics and the University of Michigan.
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The Detroit News reported 14 MSU employees were informed of allegations against Nassar over two decades.
“Now I question everything,” Wieber said. “To this day, I still don’t know how he could have been allowed to do this for so long. He took photos of us during training and whenever else he wanted. Nobody was even concerned whether or not we were being sexually abused.”
Wieber vowed to move on as a survivor.
“Even though I’m a victim, I do not and will not live my life as one,” she said. “I’m an Olympian despite being abused. I worked hard and managed to achieve my goal. But I want everyone — especially the media — to know that despite my athletic achievements, I am one of over 140 women and survivors whose story is important.”
Nassar, 54, faces a minimum of 25 to 40 years in prison for molesting girls at Michigan State University and his private office.
He is already serving a 60-year sentence for child pornography crimes.
More than 80 women addressed Nassar directly in court during the first three days of his sentencing hearing after the judge said she would welcome any victim who wanted to speak.
More than 40 more women were still set to speak as of Friday morning, raising the possibility the hearing might stretch into next week.
Teammates Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney previously accused Nassar of molesting them during treatments.
Michigan State pole vaulter Kassie Powell shed her Jane Doe identity Friday to deliver a statement accusing Nassar of sticking his hands down her pants to massage her backside and inserting his ungloved fingers into her vagina.
When she accused him of scaring her once with the suggestion she might have tumors, Nassar apparently reacted from the witness stand.
“Don’t look confused,” she chastised him. “You really know how to make young girls think they need you.”
Earlier in the week, Nassar objected to the lengthy hearing in a letter to the judge, saying he was concerned for his own mental health.
Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina rejected the letter Thursday.
“Spending four or five days listening to them,” she said, is “significantly minor considering the hours of pleasure you had at their expense.”
Raisman (l.) embraces Wieber at the sentencing hearing for Nassar.
Maroney, 22, came forward last October to say Nassar repeatedly molested her, starting when she was 13. Two weeks later, Raisman, 23, said Nassar started molesting her when she was 15.
Douglas, 22, added her name to Nassar’s victim list on Nov. 17.