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BREAKING: Olympic Gymnasts, Others Sue FBI for $1 Billion for Allegedly Mishandling Larry Nassar Sexual Assault Claims

On Wednesday, more than 90 women and girls — including Olympic stars Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman — filed wrongful act claims against the FBI, seeking more than $1 billion in damages for failing to stop sexual abuse by former USA gymnastics sports doctor Larry Nassar.

The FBI received “credible complaints” from numerous sources in July 2015, allowing the bureau to “immediately end” Nassar’s rampant abuse, or so they thought. The agency ended their efforts and declined to interview gymnasts who wanted to meet with agents, the law firm said in a statement Wednesday.

When the FBI supposedly failed to transfer the complaints to Lansing, Michigan, where Nassar continued to abuse young girls, the now-convicted sexual abuser was able to continue his “predatory behavior” and assault roughly 90 young women and girls between July 2015 and September 2016, attorneys claim.

“FBI officials, who possessed this knowledge and were in a position to end Nassar’s predation, were grossly derelict in their duties resulting in Nassar sexually assaulting approximately 100 young women and children between July 28, 2015, and September 12, 2016, and conspired with the highest-ranking officials within the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and USA Gymnastics, Inc. to conceal this known sexual abuse from foreseeable victims,” a claim from five of the former gymnasts said.

“The FBI knew that Larry Nassar was a danger to children when his abuse of me was first reported in September of 2015,” Maggie Nichols, a national champion gymnast said in a statement Wednesday. “For 421 days they worked with USA Gymnastics and USOPC to hide this information from the public and allowed Nassar to continue molesting young women and girls. It is time for the FBI to be held accountable.”

McKayla Maroney, who won a gold medal as part of Team USA in 2012, said she and other survivors were “betrayed by every institution” tasked to protect them, including the US Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, the FBI and the Department of Justice.

“I had some hope that they would keep their word and hold the FBI accountable after we poured out our hearts to the US Senate Judiciary Committee and begged for justice,” Maroney said in a statement. “It is clear that the only path to justice and healing is through the legal process.”

Nassar, 58, pleaded guilty in January 2018 to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct involving hundreds of female athletes. He was sentenced to 40 to 175 years on sex assault charges, as well as 60 years for child pornography.

Simone Biles added a powerful exclamation to her and her fellow gymnasts frustration with the ineptitudes of the system they are filing against.

“In reviewing the OIG’s report, it truly feels that the FBI turned a blind eye to us and went out of its way to protect USAG and USOPC. A message needs to be sent: if you allow a predator to harm children, the consequences will be swift and severe. Enough is enough.”

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