Larry Nassar Victims Demand $1 Billion From FBI Over Abusive Child Abuse Investigation

Larry Nassar's victims are seeking over a billion dollars from the FBI for their failed investigation into Nassar's abuse

Larry Nassar’s victims are seeking over a billion dollars from the FBI for their failed probe into Nassar’s abuse (Image: AP/Getty Images)

Former Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney are part of a group of nearly 90 victims of Larry Nassar who are seeking more than $1 billion from the FBI for failing to stop the sports doctor’s abuse, even after being cleared of allegations had heard against him.

The women plan to file a series of tort lawsuits against the Justice Department and the FBI, seeking a total of about $1 billion, their attorneys said Wednesday.

The FBI knew in 2015 that Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor, was accused of assaulting gymnasts but took no action, allowing him to continue abusing girls under his care for over a year. Nassar pleaded guilty in 2017 and will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.

“The FBI knew Larry Nassar was a danger to children when his abuse of me was first reported in September 2015,” gymnast Maggie Nichols said 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 harassing young women and girls. It is time the FBI was held accountable.”

Under federal law, a government agency has six months to respond to tort claims filed Wednesday. Depending on the FBI’s response, lawsuits could follow.

There are about 90 claimants, including Biles, Raisman and Maroney, all Olympic gold medalists.

Maroney, Biles, Raisman and Nichols testified about their abuses before the Senate Judiciary Committee in September after the DOJ Inspector General’s report revealed the FBI’s inaction.

At the time, Biles said, “It really does feel like the FBI turned a blind eye to us and did everything they could to protect USAG and USOPC. A message needs to be sent: If you allow a predator to harm children, the consequences will be quick and severe. Enough is enough.’

Maroney told lawmakers that fall how she spent three hours on the phone with the FBI in the summer of 2015, detailing every instance of abuse she experienced.

“After telling the FBI my entire story of abuse in the summer of 2015, not only did the FBI not report my abuse, but when they finally documented my report 17 months later, they made completely false claims about what I said.” , Maroney said during the hearing.

Hundreds of women and girls described the abuse they faced at the hands of Nassar, who was supposed to be a caregiver. In 2017 he was sentenced to 60 years in prison on child pornography and other charges. He pleaded guilty again in 2018 and was sentenced to an additional 40 to 175 years in prison for multiple counts of sexually assaulting a minor.

FBI Director Chris Wray, who was not in his role at the time of Nassar’s abuse, apologized at a Senate hearing for the FBI’s failure.

“I’m sorry for what you and your families went through,” Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I’m sorry that so many different people let you down over and over again. And I’m especially sorry that there were people at the FBI who had their own chance to stop this monster in 2015 and failed.”

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