Team USA gymnasts sue FBI for $1B

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A group of 90 gymnasts and former gymnasts who were sexually assaulted by Larry Nassar are sue the Indianapolis FBI for mismanagement the case. Gymnasts claim the Indianapolis FBI did not intervene for more than a year after investigating Nassar and uncovering his horrific crimes.

Meanwhile, according to the plaintiffs, Nassar continued to abuse gymnasts under the guise of “medical treatment.” Costumed gymnasts include Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, among other world-class athletes.

The group is suing the Indianapolis FBI for over $1 billion. The lawsuit was filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act, which entitles plaintiffs to government compensation for injuries. “caused by the negligent or wrongful act or omission of any government employee acting within the scope of his office or employment.”

Maggie Nichols, a former Team USA gymnast, noted “The FBI knew Larry Nassar was a danger to children when his abuse of me was first reported in September 2015. For 421 days they worked with USA Gymnastics and USOPC to hide this information from the public and allowed Nassar to continue assaulting young women. and the girls.

Nichols continued in a statement through his attorney, “It’s time the FBI was held accountable.”

In 2018, Nassar was sentenced to between 40 and 175 years in prison for sexually assaulting gymnasts for years. The judge handling the case noted with pride that Nassar would spend the rest of his life in prison.

Meanwhile, gymnasts claim more women could have been saved from sexual abuse if the Indianapolis FBI had acted faster. In 2015, USA Gymnastics contacted the Indianapolis FBI Field Office regarding Nassar, but their efforts were in vain, as nothing came of that contact.

A year later, after Nassar continued to moleste and sexually abuse children, USA Gymnastics again contacted the FBI, this time at a Los Angeles branch. The Los Angeles office eventually completed a thorough investigation, leading to Nassar’s arrest and charges.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found that “senior FBI field office officials in Indianapolis failed to respond to Nassar’s allegations with the seriousness and urgency they deserved and required, made many fundamental errors when responding to them, and violated several FBI policies.

This is the second lawsuit filed against the FBI by Team USA gymnasts and former gymnasts. In April, 13 gymnasts filed a similar lawsuit, after the Justice Department released a report that the Indianapolis FBI failed to properly investigate Nassar.

Following the April trial, the Indianapolis FBI released a statement admitting his wrongdoing. However, the officers who allegedly mishandled the investigation were never charged – although both officers admitted to lying to federal investigators about their role in the case.

According to gymnast McKayla Maroney, “My fellow survivors and I have been betrayed by every institution meant to protect us – the US Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, the FBI and now the Department of Justice. It is clear that the only path to justice and healing is through the legal process.

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