US Olympic gold medalist Mckayla Maroney drew international attention after joining MeToo campaign where women share their sexual harassment stories.

Maroney alleged that the disgraced former team doctor Larry Nassar molested her from the age of 13 till she left the sport.

Nassar's lawyers want his trial on sexual abuse charges to be held in another location instead of Michigan following the former American gymnast sexual assault allegations.

The lawyers cited that Maroney coming forward with her own Larry Nassar story will prevent their defendant from getting a fair trial.

The trail start date will be delayed if its location changed.

"It is difficult to conceive of a case that has generated more widespread, inflammatory and sustained media coverage than the case against Defendant Nassar," his attorneys wrote in the motion.

"The media attention was the most significant involving a criminal defendant in a pending case this state has ever seen," the change of venue motion states.

 Maroney is the most high-profile US gymnast to speak out so far about sexual abuse by the former team doctor 

Nassar is being sued by more than 100 women and girls over allegations of abuse. 

The 21 year old retired athlete has received  lots of support from her then teammates and other gymnasts.

Written by Gigi Farid

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