September 29, 2022
Simone Biles Among US Gymnasts Seeking More Than $1B From FBI Over Sexual Abuse Investigation

Simone Biles is one of the dozens of women who have taken legal action against the FBI over the Larry Nassar case. The Associated Press reports Biles and approximately 90 claimants are seeking more than $1 billion in damages. The group alleges the FBI failed to stop Nassar when the first allegations were made against him.

“If the FBI had simply done its job, Nassar would have been stopped before he ever had the chance to abuse hundreds of girls, including me,” added former University of Michigan gymnast Samantha Roy.

“I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse,” Biles said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in September 2021. She claimed the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, as well as USA Gymnastics, “knew that I was abused by their official team doctor long before I was ever made aware of their knowledge.”

In 2015, USA Gymnastics informed the FBI that three gymnasts had claimed to have been assaulted by Nassar, however, the agency did not open a formal investigation nor inform federal or state authorities in Michigan of the allegations. He was eventually arrested in 2016 after an investigation by Michigan State University police.

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