Larry Nassar: Simone Biles and other gymnasts demand $1 billion from FBI for mishandling Larry Nassar sex abuse case

Many former Olympic gymnasts, like gold medalist Simone Biles, are seeking more than $1 billion from the FBI. It comes as some sort of punishment for the FBI for not stopping Dr. Nassar from committing sexual assaults against young girls in gymnastics. Lawyers for the victims released this statement on Wednesday, June 8.

Why is the FBI at fault in this case?

It is a fact that the FBI knew about Nassar and his crimes in 2015. He was accused of assault by gymnasts, but they did not react. This led Nassar to continue his heinous crimes and torture young girls for over a year.

Some of the local reporters were told by Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics that in 2015 three gymnasts were sexually assaulted by Nassar, the team doctor. But the FBI did not report this crime and did not open an official investigation.

According to an internal watchdog, the Department of Justice’s inspector general, the FBI never reported this to federal or state authorities in Michigan.

FBI agents in Los Angeles also investigated the case in 2016. They opened a sex tourism investigation and even continued to interview several sexual assault victims. But the Inspector General’s account says they did not report this to Michigan State authorities.

Under federal law, any government agency has six months to retaliate against such allegations against anyone. Otherwise, the Federal Ministry risks being sued. However, in May, the Justice Department said it would not bring criminal charges against FBI agents who failed to take action against Nassar.

What happened to Nassar in the end?

Since Nassar was a medical doctor at Michigan State, he was later arrested in 2016 when Michigan State University police took over the investigation.

Michigan’s attorney general eventually dealt with Nassar’s case with a child pornography case established by Michigan’s Grand Rapids. Nassar faces at least ten years in prison.

What are people and the FBI saying about this?

Oklahoma’s 2017-19 national champion gymnast Maggie Nichols said the FBI should take responsibility for their actions and face the consequences.

Samantha Roy, a former University of Michigan gymnast, said if the FBI had done what was right for everyone, Nassar would have been behind bars before he could assault hundreds of girls, including herself .

When small claims were filed, the FBI initially declined to comment on the case in April. They mentioned FBI Director Christopher Wray’s comment to Congress. Wray said he apologized and found it inexcusable that the FBI failed to act. He admits the FBI was lucky enough to send this monster to prison in 2015.

Michigan State University was also held responsible for ignoring this monstrous activity. They apologize for missing the opportunity to put Nassar behind bars. They agreed to pay over $500 million to 300 girl victims of this assault.

The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee and USA Gymnastics have agreed to pay $380 million to the victims.

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