September 26, 2022
Nassar whistleblower says lawsuits against FBI can prompt change for future survivors

Former gymnast Rachael Denhollander makes a statement during the sentencing hearing of Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, in the Eaton County Court in Charlotte, Michigan, U.S. February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

NEW YORK, June 8 (Reuters) – Former gymnast and whistleblower Rachael Denhollander said lawsuits filed on Wednesday alleging the FBI botched its investigation into former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar could bring about meaningful change for survivors of abuse.

Olympians Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney were among the more than 90 claimants accusing former FBI agents of mishandling credible complaints in 2015 regarding Nassar and seeking a total of more than $1 billion. read more

They say the FBI’s inaction allowed Nassar to continue molesting young women and girls up until the time he was charged in 2016. FBI officials were not immediately available for comment.

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