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Former Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney are among a group of nearly 90 women filing Federal Tort Claims Act charges against the FBI, claiming their failure to properly investigate complaints against Dr. Larry Nassar prosecuted the sexual abuse of women and girls in his care.
Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor, is spending the rest of his life behind bars after being convicted of abusing dozens of female athletes under the guise of medical treatment. The FBI received reports in 2015 that Nassar abused several gymnasts, but a Justice Department inspector general report said he had not opened an investigation at that time.
“My fellow survivors and I have been betrayed by every institution meant to protect us – the United States Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, the FBI and now the Department of Justice,” Maroney said in a statement. “I had some hope that they would keep their word and hold the FBI accountable after we poured out our hearts to the US Senate Judiciary Committee and demanded justice. Clearly the only path to justice and healing goes through the legal process.”
FBI Director Chris Wray apologized for the FBI’s failures during a Senate hearing.
“I’m especially sorry that there were people in the FBI who had their own shot at stopping this monster in 2015 and failed. And that’s inexcusable,” Wray said. Wray was not a director when the FBI received his information.