Bela, Martha Karolyi Deny Knowledge of Larry Nassar Abuse at Training Ranch

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Marta Karolyi, in a deposition given past year as part of the lawsuit against the Karolyis and numerous others, acknowledged that "in or around June 2015" she received a phone call from the then-head of the national gymnastics organization, Steve Penny, informing her that the organization had received a complaint that Nassar had "molested a national team gymnast at the ranch". She also interviewed Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney, who told Guthrie that Nassar molested her on her very first visit to Karolyi Ranch and then abused her hundreds of times over the next five years.

USA Gymnastics has settled a lawsuit in Georgia that set into motion events that culminated in reports of widespread sexual abuse within the sport and, eventually, the conviction of disgraced U.S. Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar for being a serial sexual predator, the Indianapolis Star reported .

"The whole thing is just like an explosion, a bomb exploding", Bela Karolyi said.

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The Karolyis, both 75, spoke with NBC for a "Dateline NBC" special to be broadcast Sunday.

Gymnastics legends Bela and Martha Karolyi have been publicly silent about the biggest sex abuse scandal in the history of the Olympics.

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The ranch was built by Bela Karolyi in the 1980s, and he and his wife trained many Olympic gymnastics stars there, from Dominique Moceanu in the early 1990s to Simone Biles, star of the 2016 Olympics. "How could I see?"

"They answered every question", Guthrie told The Associated Press. He continued to work at Michigan State University through the fall of 2016 before being hit with federal charges. "At no time did their lawyer jump in and say 'You can't answer that'". "And the parents couldn't see".

While it's still unclear whether the Karolyis knew of Nassar's abuse, dozens of athletes allege other forms of abuse took place at the ranch including verbal and emotional abuse, and limiting food intake of athletes during arduous training sessions.

"I heard during the testimonies (at Nassar's sentencing) that some of the parents were in the therapy room with their own child and Larry Nassar was performing this", Martha Karolyi told Guthrie.

"The trauma these women have suffered as a result of the sexual abuse and assaults has only been made worse by the failure of these institutions to take meaningful responsibility for what happened to these young girls on their watch", said victims' attorney James White.

Martha Karolyi denied having any knowledge about Nassar's pattern of abuse.

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