Maroney decided to break up her NDA when she detailed the abuses in October, but Manly is not worried about the possibility of a USAG counter-action because, according to Manly, the deal was illegal at first. A lawyer for the U.S. Olympic Committee said in a response to the Senate`s request that his management was not aware of Maroney`s comparison, including confidentiality clauses. While the complaint acknowledges that Maroney readily entered into the confidentiality agreement, she finds that she was in a compromised psychological state because of the abuse she suffered. (Reuters) – Olympic champion McKayla Maroney sued USA Gymnastics (USAG) on Wednesday, saying the organization had forced her to sign a confidentiality agreement over the sexual abuse she suffered from former national team doctor Larry Nassar. The complaint filed by attorney John Manly in Los Angeles Superior Court, a copy of those seen by Reuters, indicates that Maroney was forced to sign a confidentiality agreement in December 2016 because she needed money to pay for psychological treatment. Maroney`s lawyer, John Manly, called the confidentiality agreement “hypocritical, immoral and illegal in this case.” The Senate investigation, one of at least three congressional investigations, focuses in part on the confidentiality agreement for Maroney, who filed a complaint in December against the non-invalidity of the deal reached more than a year earlier with USA Gymnastics. She said she was obliged to sign the confidential transaction and argued that it was contrary to California law. The agreement was reached just months after the first public charges were laid against Dr. Larry Nassar, who in the meantime pleaded guilty to harassing 10 girls and possessing child pornography.
At the time, law enforcement was encouraging women who were abused under the guise of treatment to come forward. The U.S. Olympic Committee stated that it did not matter in the agreement or confidentiality agreement and that it was “broken” that its athletes were exploited. MSU stated that it could not rule on the ongoing litigation. SCNG received a copy of the agreement and other documents relating to the case and interviewed one of the gymnasts. In addition to not mentioning the gymnasts, SCNG does not reveal the name of their coach, his club, or the date of the agreement with USA Gymnastics to protect the identity of women. But a complaint filed Wednesday by Maroney claimed that USA Gymnastics did try to silence them almost a year earlier by signing a confidentiality agreement as part of a financial agreement they signed for psychological treatment. She also told senators that USA Gymnastics did not use confidentiality agreements related to other investigations.
Maroney`s lawyer, John Manly, filed a lawsuit Wednesday that cites Nassar, USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and Michigan State University, where Nassar worked as a full-time doctor, as defendants. According to an ESPN report, USA Gymnastics contacted Maroney in December 2016 to sign a confidentiality agreement when the charges against Nassar were brought to the public`s attention. “The 2016 comparison was consistent with state law, despite the alleged claims. At all times, McKayla was represented by Allred, a California-based lawyer, who actively negotiated and approved McKayla`s transaction agreement. A complaint alleges that USA Gymnastics paid the gymnast to sign a confidentiality agreement. “Ms. Maroney did not want to make a deal in which she could not even talk to her brother and sister or friends about what was happening to her. Under those agreements, she couldn`t even talk to a future fiancé without threatening to be sued,” he told NBC News.