WASHINGTON – Gold medalist Simone Biles and other star gymnasts will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee to investigate Larry Nassar, the former American gymnastics doctor accused of sexually assaulting hundreds of girls and women.
Biles, along with McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman, will appear on the first panel at a September 15 hearing into the FBI’s handling of the Nassar investigation. The second panel will include Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray. All four gymnasts will appear in person, according to an assistant to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
In a 119-page report released in July, Horowitz said the FBI failed to timely interview victims who said Nassar assaulted them. The FBI field office in Indianapolis made “fundamental mistakes,” Horowitz said, failing to notify other FBI offices or state or local authorities.
Biles said in a Jan. 18 tweet. that she was mistreated by Nassar.
“I am no longer afraid to tell my story. I too am one of the many survivors who have been sexually abused by Larry Nassar,” Biles wrote.
In an interview with Today, Biles said the abuse was likely a factor in her mental health and performance at the 2020 Olympics, where she pulled out of several events, citing her sanity.
“Come to think of it, maybe in my head, probably, yes, because there are certain triggers,” she told TODAY’s Hoda Kotb in an interview. “You don’t even know, and I think it could have.”
Nassar, who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing 10 minors in Michigan court in January 2018, is serving up to 175 years in prison. He is expected to be behind bars for the rest of his life.
Frank Thorp V contributed.