Simone Biles: FBI Failed Us in Larry Nassar Investigation
In SummarySimone Biles and other gymnasts will testify before Congress over the FBI's handling of the sexual abuse complaints against USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.
UPDATE: 9/15/2021 12:14 p.m:
An emotional Simone Biles testified at a Senate hearing on Wednesday as she shared her story about the sexual abuse she faced at the hands of USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
“I don’t want another young gymnast, or Olympic athlete, or any individual to experience the horror that I and hundreds of others have endured before, during and continuing to this day in the wake of the Larry Nassar abuse,” Biles said.
Biles said that the FBI “turned a blind eye to us.”
“We suffered and continue to suffer because no one at FBI, USAG or the USOPC did what was necessary to protect us,” she said. “We have been failed and we deserve answers. Nassar is where he belongs, but those who enabled him to deserve to be held accountable. If they are not, I am convinced that this will continue to happen to others across Olympic sports.”
Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and other medal-winning gymnasts will testify before a Senate panel looking into the FBI’s handling of complaints against Larry Nassar, team USA Gymnastics’ former doctor.
Over the summer, the Department of Justice’s Inspector General released a report saying they found that FBI officials investigating sexual abuse allegations against Nassar made “fundamental errors” in the investigation and did not act “with the urgency that the allegations required,” according to CNN.
Biles will testify alongside gymnasts McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman.
The FBI received complaints about Nassar in 2015 but didn’t act on them for a year, according to HuffPost. During that time, he was able to continue abusing young women during their physical exams and as a sports doctor at Michigan State University, according to HuffPost.
In 2018, a judge sentenced Nassar to up to 175 years in prison for sexual abuse. At the time of his trial, more than 150 young women testified against him. CNN reported that he pleaded guilty to multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct.