Tatiana Gutsu took part in Pryamoy Efir, a tabloid talk show which relies on scandals and controversial topics, to talk about her rape story.

Gutsu, who might not have known about the nature of the show, was horribly mistreated.

According to Gymnovosti, guests questioned her credibility as she watched via video from the US where she currently resides. They blamed her for the rape, called her a liar, and said that she did it for fame or to get back at Scherbo who they claimed must have refused her advances.

Among the guests, was Leonid Arkayev who was at that time the head coach of the national team. Arkayev stressed that he never allowed gymnasts to drink as he was keen on maintaining strict discipline.

Tatiana, who gave a lengthy account of her alleged rape committed by fellow gymnast Vitaly Scherbo, said that she and her teammates were drinking that night.

Former Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina, who competed in international senior competitions between 1994 and 2004, wrote in her book that she drank alcohol during competitions and that she once passed out on a flight.

It is worth mentioning that Arkayev, was accused of touching underage gymnasts inappropriately and trying to have sex with the older ones which is one of the several accusations that led to him getting fired from the gymnastics center in Saransk that was named after him.

The producers has also interviewed the Olympic champion's ex husband, who served 90 days in jail for assaulting the gymnast including putting a gun to her head. He claimed that Gutsu is a lair and that she lied about his assault too.

This was not the first time for Tatiana to receive backlash and have her credibility questioned.

1996 Olympic all around champion Lilia Podkopayeva, who is from the same country as Gutsu, wrote a lengthy post on Facebook stating that she has never been harassed neither by the coaches or her teammates during her competitive years. She also questioned the timing of Gutsu's allegations.

She has heavily defended Rustam Sharipov, whom Gutsu blamed for not standing up for her and defending her at the time of the alleged incident.

Svetlana Bogiunskaya, who competed along side Gutsu, defended Sharipov in a reply to the gymnast's original MeToo post.

US Dominic Moceanu initially supported Gutsu on Twitter but screenshots taking from Rustam's account showed that Moceanu heavily discredited Gutsu's story.

Nevertheless, American gymnasts Kathy Johnson and Aly Raisman completely supported Gutsu. Raisman, who is the winner of six Olympic medals, tweeted that she feels devastated over the allegations adding that Vitaly disgusts her and that those who looked the other way are as just as guilty.

Johnson, who won two medals at 1984 Olympics, replied to Rustam's Facebook status - where he denied knowing anything of what happened to Gustu - suggesting that he along with Boginskaya could sit with Gutsu and work towards the truth.

Vitaly's mother accused Tatiana of coming after his money.

In a long Facebook post, Tatiana wrote that she is very disappointed in the media and that all they care about is "scandal, entertainment in the form of human tragedy, any kind of grotesque shows".

She has also wrote that she has set herself free by sharing her story and that she has forgiven those who harmed her. She is now ready to move on and start a new chapter in her life.







Written by Gigi Farid


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  1. I’m not trying to discredit her story, but if she was intoxicated, and unable to see how did she know it was Scherbo? Because she said she smoked and was drunk, Vitaly Scherbo came in, and then after he came in she then “came to” and it was scary dark. She was adamant that there were others there, so it’s not like they were alone together either. Of course she could hear his voice but if she was as highly impaired and as distressed as she says it’s easy to not properly identify who it was— I’m not discrediting that she was raped, I believe that part. But this testimony makes me believe that it may not have even been him.

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    1. She said she drank alcohol but was conscious when it happened. She mentioned that Sharipov, Toropova and Scherbo were in the room when they were celebrating. Toropova admitted that Scherbo tried to make out with Gutsu. Gutsu said she confronted Vitaly back in 2012 and he told her no one would believe her and she should fuck off.

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  2. She said she drank alcohol but was conscious when it happened. She mentioned that Sharipov, Toropova and Scherbo were in the room when they were celebrating. Toropova admitted that Scherbo tried to make out with Gutsu. Gutsu said she confronted Vitaly back in 2012 and he told her no one would believe her and she should fuck off.

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  3. She said she was coughing and smoking and then “came to and it was scary dark and was laying on her stomach with her head shoved into a pillow while he raped her” the fact that she “came to” implied that she passed out, and she also said she “only came to because everything in her body was burning”. She wasn’t simply drunk, she was completely fucked out of her mind with how drunk she was. Sherbo trying to make out with her doesn’t necessarily imply that he would have raped her, especially when you consider he was also intoxicated. However, his comments in 2012 pretty much says that he did do it. When I first read it, I didn’t read the “No one will believe you” part, I just saw “fuck off” which alone would say that he was angry that she would even try to confront him. I can understand some people not believing her, considering her story has shifted some from her original post. I do believe she was raped, but changing details and the circumstance surrounding it is a little sketchy.

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