Olympic Gymnasts Claim US$ 1 Billion Against FBI for Mishandling Nassar Case

Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, and Mckayla Maroney are among the 90 plaintiffs claiming 1 Billion dollars from the FBI for failing to stop Team USA sports doctor Larry Nassar when the agency first was informed of sexual abuses by him.

“It is time for the FBI to be held accountable,” said national champion gymnast Maggie Nichols, at Oklahoma in 2017-19.

As per federal law, a government firm has six months to revert to the tort claims filed Wednesday. 

In 2015, informed the FBI that three female athletes had reported being sexually abused by the team doctor for USA Gymnastics, Nassar. But the agency never initiated any formal investigation against the doctor.

“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,” said Samantha Roy, a former gymnast.

Christopher Wray, the FBI Director, acknowledged the major mistake during his testimony to the victims at a Senate hearing last year. 

Dr. Nassar was employed at Michigan State University and was also accused of not being able to prevent Nassar from sexually abusing hundreds of female athletes. The university agreed to pay US$ 500 million to conclude the lawsuits. The US Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics also settled with the victim with a US$ 380 Million settlement. 

The Michigan attorney general’s office looked into the cases against Nissar. In addition, federal prosecutors in Michigan filed a child pornography case; however, the new suit claims the FBI filed the case too late, per federal rules.