McKayla Maroney‘s attorney, John Manly, filed a lawsuit for the 22-year-old Olympic gold medalist against USA Gymnastics in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday in accusing the organization of hiding McKayla’s sexual abuse allegation against Larry Nassar, who is a former team doctor, from the public, multiple sources have confirmed.
According to the Wall Street Journal, in late 2016, McKayla signed a confidential $1.25 million settlement agreement so she wouldn't discuss her sexual abuse allegations.
McKayla Maroney Lawsuit Says USA Gymnastics Paid and Forced Her to Keep Sexual Abuse Claims Quiet
The lawsuit sights to invalidate parts of the settlement, claiming the nondisclosure and non-disparagement clauses to be illegal. John was not part of the negotiations of the settlement.
In October, McKayla revealed on Twitter that she had been abused by Larry when she was only 13. Even though this was a violation of the terms of the agreement, according to ESPN, Manley said that the chances of a countersuit are low.
Additionally, the lawsuit also lists the United States Olympic Committee Nassar and Nassar's full-time employer Michigan State University, as defendants.
In November, Larry pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree sexual misconduct in Lansing, Mich.