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- Biles testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday regarding the FBI’s botched investigation into Larry Nassar.
- Biles blamed the FBI, USA Gymnastics (USAG) and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) for failing to take action against Nassar.
- Nassar was charged with federal child pornography charges and sexual abuse charges in 2016 and was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison.
U.S. Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles says the FBI turned a blind eye to the sexual abuse perpetrated by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.
During testimony Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Biles blamed the FBI, USA Gymnastics (USAG) and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) for failing to take action against Nassar.
“I believe without a doubt that the circumstances that led to my abuse and allowed it to continue are directly the result of the fact that the organizations created by Congress to oversee and protect me as an athlete — USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee — failed to do their jobs,” Biles said in her opening statement.
“I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse. USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee knew that I was abused by their official team doctor long before I was ever made aware of their knowledge,” she said.
Nassar was charged with federal child pornography charges and sexual abuse charges in 2016 and was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison. More than 150 girls and women, including Biles, said Nassar abused them under the guise of medical treatment during his time with Michigan State and USA Gymnastics.
The Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) in July released a report detailing how FBI officials failed to adequately address allegations against Nassar. The report found the agency made “numerous and fundamental errors” and violated policies.
“In reviewing the OIG’s report, it truly feels like the FBI turned a blind eye to us and went out of its way to help protect USAG and USOPC,” Biles said.
The elite gymnast called for those involved in the botched investigation to be prosecuted.
“A message needs to be sent: If you allow a predator to harm children, the consequences will be swift and severe. Enough is enough,” she added.
U.S. gymnasts McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols, who have all alleged Nassar abused them, also testified before the committee Wednesday.
FBI Director Christopher Wray apologized to the victims for the way the agency handled the allegations against Nassar.
“I’m sorry that so many different people let you down over and over again. And I’m especially sorry that there were people at the FBI who had their own chance to stop this monster back in 2015 and failed, that is inexcusable,” Wray said.
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