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    US Gymnastics Says Disappointed by Former Athletes Lawsuit Over Abusive Behavior

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US Gymnastics is "disappointed" by a lawsuit filed against it by former artistic gymnast McKayla Maroney, but endorses speaking up against any abusive behavior, the organization said in a statement on Thursday.

    "Although US Gymnastics is disappointed by today’s filing, we applaud McKayla and others who speak up against abusive behavior — including the despicable acts of Larry Nassar. We want to work together with McKayla and others to help encourage and empower athletes to speak up against abuse," the statement read.

    According to media reports, Maroney claims that US Gymnastics paid her so that the abuse of the team’s former doctor Larry Nassar was left undisclosed.

    ​Earlier in December, Nassar pleaded guilty to molesting children and possessing child pornography, and was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

    READ MORE: USA Gymnastics Paid Olympian McKayla Maroney $1.25 Mln to Keep Quiet About Abuse

    The US TIME magazine has named "the Silence Breakers" who spoke out against sexual assault and harassment Person of the Year 2017 amid an avalanche of sexual harassment scandals in the United States that have hit members of Congress, political candidates and leading media personalities

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