USA Gymnastics settles lawsuit that triggered report of rampant sexual abuse

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Nassar was sentenced to hundreds of years in prison earlier this year and has been accused of sexually abusing more than 260 women and girls.

Bela and Martha Karolyi, the former coordinators and coaches of the United States girls's gymnastics team, claimed that they weren't aware of the prevalent sexual abuse of gymnasts by Lawrence G. Nassar, " the former team doctor.

Bela Karolyi said USA Gymnastics set and enforced all policies at the ranch during those periods.

A congressional committee investigating sexual abuse in gymnastics said in February 8 letters to the Karolyis, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee that they were all "at the center of many of these failures" that allowed Nassar's sexual abuse to persist for more than two decades.

As part of the special, Guthrie also interviews Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney, who describes for the first time the sexual assault she endured and how she sounded the alarm of Nassar's abuse years before his arrest. She told NBC's Savannah Guthrie in "no way" did she suspect Larry Nassar was sexually abusing athletes.

Martha Karolyi explained her reasoning in taped comments that aired Friday morning, marking the first public reaction from her and her husband, legendary coach Bela Karolyi, since Nassar's downfall changed the sport forever.

"I heard during the testimonies that some of the parents were in the therapy room with their own child and Larry Nassar was performing this, and the parent couldn't see", Martha Karolyi said.

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The lawsuit also alleges that USA Gymnastics breached its duty to reveal the abuse to the victims' families, as well as the U.S. Olympic Committee, Michigan State University, and law enforcement agencies.

The Karolyis made similar statements in a deposition in Larson's lawsuit.

Asked how she feels about claims by some of gymnastics' biggest stars say they were violated on the Karolyi Ranch, Martha Karolyi told Guthrie: "That's terrible". The ranch served as the training home for USA Gymnastics during most of Martha Karolyis highly successful tenure running the national team. "I think they've watched and seen as their reputation has really taken a hit and people have asked a lot of questions about what they knew and just as importantly what they should have known".

She later called out Martha: "Martha, did you keep Larry around because he was a good doctor?"

"They answered every question", Guthrie said. “At no time did their lawyer jump in and say ‘You cant answer that.”.

"He was their little puppet, " said Jeanette Antolin, a former member of the USA national team who trained with the Karolyis.

"That's very bad", Martha Karolyi told NBC, when asked about Nassar's crimes.

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