High-profile female gymnasts have filed a lawsuit against the FBI, alleging that the bureau’s incompetence allowed a convicted sexual predator to prey on vulnerable youngsters for more than a year.
The claims of more than ninety women, according to The New York Times, amount more than $1 billion.
Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, and McKayla Maroney are among those suing, along with national gymnastics medalist Maggie Nichols, former University of Michigan gymnast Samantha Roy, and former gymnast Kaylee Lorincz, who is now an advocate for sexual assault victims.
ABC reports that the accusations involve Lawrence Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics doctor.
Nassar was sentenced to sixty years in prison in 2017 for child pornography and sexual abuse allegations involving several victims. In 2018, he was sentenced to additional imprisonment for multiple charges of sexual assault against minors.
“The FBI knew that Larry Nassar was a danger to children when his abuse of me was first reported in September of 2015,” Nichols stated in a statement.
“For 421 days they worked with USA Gymnastics and USOPC to hide this information from the public and allowed Nassar to continue molesting young women and girls. It is time for the FBI to be held accountable,” she added.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
Last month, the Justice Department declined to prosecute two former agents who were accused by the department’s inspector general of failing to move forward to investigate the case against Nassar, even after testimony about his activities had been presented.
The FBI was told in 2015 and in 2016 about Nassar’s activities, but took little action, according to NPR.
“My fellow survivors and I were betrayed by every institution that was supposed to protect us — the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, the FBI and now the Department of Justice,” Maroney said in a statement after that decision, according to the Times. “It is clear that the only path to justice and healing is through the legal process.” Read more…