Simone Biles and the other US gymnasts accuse the FBI in the Senate: “They ignored the complaints and left the doctor who abused us free”

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The champions of gymnastics Usa Simone Biles, Mckayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman have witnessed before the Senate Justice Committee on negligence of the FBI in the investigation into the sexual abuse of the former national team doctor Larry Nassar, sentenced in 2018 to 175 years in prison for abuse of more than 150 gymnasts. All four witnesses said they were his victims. In the hearing it was discussed how the FBI has handled the investigation on the accusations, presented for the first time in 2015. The director of the agency will also be called to testify, Christopher Wray, and the Inspector General of the Department of Justice, Michael Horowitz. In a July report, Horowitz himself claimed that several protocol violations led to months late in the investigation: while the investigations were stalled, the former doctor was able to abuse dozens of other victims. The dossier states that the officials “did not respond to the accusations with the seriousness and theurgency they deserved and demanded. They made numerous mistakes and violated multiple rules of the Bureau ”.

During the hearing, Simone Biles accused the gymnastics federation Usa (Usa Gymnastics), but also federal law enforcement agencies that “they turned a blind eye”While hundreds of young athletes were abused. “I accuse Larry Nassar and I also blame a whole system who allowed and perpetrated her abuses, ”she said in tears. Both the US Gymnastics and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee, denounced, “they knew I had been abused from their official team doctor. The message has to get across that if you allow a predator to harm minors, the consequences will be rapid and severe“. McKayla Maroney instead told senators that she was abused by Nassar when she was 15 years, and thought she was going to die tonight. Maroney said the FBI “has minimized e ignored“The complaint delaying the investigation. “If they’re not going to protect me, I want to know who they’re trying to protect,” he said. “They allowed a child molester to remain free for more than a year and this inaction allowed Nassar to continue with his abuses. What’s the point of reporting abuse if FBI agents bury that report in a drawer? ”.

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