Gymnast harassed and sexually abused by Larry Nassar, including Olympic medalist Simone Biles, to sue FBI for failing to stop him after receiving charges Doctors continue to abuse. In total, they seek compensation of around 931 million euros.
The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) will be indicted by about 90 victims of Larry Nassar abuse for not taking immediate action after learning of the sexual assault committed by an American doctor.
In 2015, USA Gymnastics notified local investigating police that three gymnasts reported being harassed by Nassar, the national gymnastics team doctor. But the FBI has yet to launch a formal investigation or notify Michigan federal or state officials, which the Justice Department’s inspector general has accused, adding that in 2016, when FBI agents in Los Angeles opened an investigation into Nassar and heard testimony from several victims, It also failed to alert Michigan authorities.
Nassar was only arrested later that year in an investigation by Michigan authorities into allegations of sexual harassment and child pornography. He eventually pleaded guilty the following year and was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison, two years after the FBI received the first alert. The victims are now seeking $1 billion (931 million euros) in damages from the FBI, their lawyers said on Wednesday.
Among the roughly 90 victims indicted by the FBI are Simone Byers, Ali Reisman, McKayla Maroney and Samantha Roy, all Olympic gold medalists. “If the FBI had just done its job, Nassar would have been arrested before he had a chance to abuse hundreds of girls, including me,” said former University of Michigan gymnast Samantha Roy. Maggie Nichols, a national champion gymnast in Oklahoma from 2017 to 2019, said that for her part, “it’s time for the FBI to be held accountable.”
FBI admits ‘unforgivable’ flaws
Last year, FBI Director Christopher Wray acknowledged gross mistakes in a statement to Congress. “I’m sorry that someone at the FBI had a chance in 2015 to stop this monster, but they failed. It’s unforgivable,” Wray told the victim during a Senate hearing. On the same occasion, Simone Biles, one of the world’s best gymnasts, lamented that “the whole system” allows for abuse.
Michigan State University, also accused of missing out on Nassar’s detention over the years, has agreed to pay $500 million (466 million euros) to more than 300 women and girls who were sexually harassed by Nassar.