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For the fourth straight day Friday, former USA Gymnastic doctor Larry Nassar was confronted at his sentencing hearing with statements from women he sexually abused under the guise of treatment. Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman have said they, too, were victims.

"Larry, you do realize now the women you so heartlessly abused over such a long period of time are now a force, and you are nothing", said Raisman, looking directly at her assailant.

In her testimony on Thursday, Raisman also criticized USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympics Committee for having not reached out following the allegations against Nassor or offering any kind of support to the victims.

The criminal cases followed reports past year in The Indianapolis Star about how USA Gymnastics mishandled complaints about sexual misconduct involving him and coaches.

"You are so sick, I can't even comprehend how angry I feel when I think of you", Raisman said, according to CNN.

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Addressing the court, Raisman, a six-time Olympic medallist, including three gold, who spoke to FBI investigators after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, said: "Adult after adult protected you". I am no longer that little girl you met in Australia, where you first began grooming and manipulating.

"I will not rest until every last trace of your influence on this sport has been destroyed like the cancer it is", she said.

He was also a team doctor at the Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. "Survivors are here, standing tall, and we are not going anywhere". That brings the total number testifying to 105 but judge Aquilina said there's no cap to the number of victims who can testify. "But, in fact, the hardest thing I ever had to do is process that I am a victim of Larry Nassar", said Wieber, who is now 22.

That paved the way for what turned out to be an absolutely chilling impact statement, in which a courageous Raisman didn't hold back whatsoever.

Nassar, a former doctor for the Olympics gymnastics team, has already been sentenced to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges.

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Nasser treated Olympians like Raisman and Wieber for US gymnastics. USA Gymnastics and Michigan State have separately said they reported Nassar's abuse immediately when they learned about it, but a number of victims said they told authorities about the abuse years ago and were ignored. Raisman said they neglected to mention that athletes had been training, even when they terminated the lease.

She looked directly at Nassar when she delivered her message to him. More than 40 more women are also set to speak, so it's possible that the hearing might continue on next week.

"You were never the problem, but you are so much the solution", Judge Rosemaire Aquilina told Raisman.

She spoke to Raisman and Maroney about Nassar's technique, but none of them really understood it, she said.

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