Elite gymnasts Simone Biles, MacKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols will testify on the FBI’s handling of the Larry Nassar investigation before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
why it matters: Nassar, a former Olympic Team USA gymnastics doctor, was sentenced to 40-175 years in prison in 2018. 60 women He was accused of sexual abuse in the name of treatment. According to a release from the committee, the hearing follows a recent report documenting the FBI’s failures to properly investigate the allegations, which “enabled the continued abuse of dozens of additional victims”.
- The Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General released the report in July, detailing the FBI’s misconduct in making false statements to disregard charges and later hide its tracks.
- “At least 40 girls and women said they were molested over a 14-month period, while the FBI was aware of other sexual abuse allegations involving Nassar.” AP reports.
- FBI Director Chris Wray and Inspector General Michael Horowitz will also testify on Wednesday.
do not forget: Four athletes were among the first to raise the alarm about Nassar’s violent behavior.
- Nichols, later revealed to be named “Athlete A” in the investigation, was the first to report the abuse and criticized USA Gymnastics for failing to act swiftly, Per NBC News.
- “The abuse transcends the moment, often haunting survivors for the rest of their lives,” Raisman said in his testimony On Nassar’s sentence. “It is all the more devastating when such abuse falls into the hands of such a highly respected doctor because it leaves survivors to question the organizations and even the medical profession on which A lot of people trust.”
- Biles has said that the abuse left her a manic depression and possibly affected her mental health Tokyo Olympics, where she withdrew from several events.
big picture: USA Gymnastics has proposed a $425 million settlement between the organization and Nassar’s victims — nearly five years after the first public allegations against Nassar and three years after USA Gymnastics filed for bankruptcy, according to CNN.
- Lawyers for some gymnasts have called for separate action against the FBI. for wsj.