A group of former Olympic gymnasts, including gold medalist Simone Biles, are suing the FBI for $1 billion over the errors made by the agency in arresting sports doctor Larry Nassar, despite multiple complaints and testimony against him.
Nassar was sentenced to more than 300 years in prison in 2018 for sexually abusing gymnasts, many of them when they were minors.
An internal report published in July of last year found numerous errors, delays and cover-ups by FBI agents investigating the allegations, allowing Nassar’s abuse to continue for nearly a year after the case against him was opened. .
“It’s time for the FBI to be held accountable,” he said. Maggie Nicholsa national champion gymnast in Oklahoma who has been one of the most active voices in the case.
The nearly 90 plaintiffs, in addition to Biles and Nichols, include Olympic gold medalists aly raisman Y McKayla Maroney.
Last year, FBI Director Christopher Wray apologized to the US Congress for the agency’s “reprehensible conduct” and “basic errors” in the case.
However, the US Department of Justice indicated in May that it would not file criminal charges against former officers who did not promptly open the investigation and who lied about it.
The gymnasts assure that the FBI’s delay in acting caused other young women and girls to continue to be abused by the osteopath.
“If the FBI had just done their job, Nassar would have been caught before he had a chance to abuse hundreds of girls, including me,” said former University of Michigan gymnast Samantha Roy.
Last December the athletes reached an agreement after a legal battle against the American sports federation of gymnastics, USA Gymnasticsfor which they received compensation of US$380 million.
Michigan State University, which was also accused of ignoring claims against Nassar, agreed to pay $500 million to more than 300 women and girls who were assaulted by the doctor.
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