Bela Karolyi, former Olympic gymnastics coach, faces abuse accusations in secret police files: report

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Bela Karolyi, a former Olympic gymnastics coach for the U.S. and Romania, had been accused of physically and psychologically abusing the gymnasts he worked with during his career.

Karolyi and his wife, Martha, faced the accusations in a new book “Nadia si Securitatea” by Romanian author Stejarel Olaru, according to The Daily Mail. The author published Romanian secret police files in the book detailing the alleged abuse of Romanian gymnasts.

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It’s not the first time Karolyi has come under fire over his alleged treatment of gymnasts. He was accused of verbally and psychologically abusing gymnasts during their workouts, according to the 1995 book “Little Girls in Pretty Boxes.”

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He’s also been scrutinized over his ties to disgraced former Team USA physician Larry Nassar. Gymnasts who came out and revealed Nassar’s shocking and disgusting acts said many instances took place at the Karolyi Ranch. USA Gymnastics cut dies with the ranch in 2018.

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