A former patient of disgraced doctor Larry Nassar who said she was abused after USA Gymnastics first alerted the FBI to allegations against him in 2015 argued at a press conference Wednesday that what she endured could have been avoided, saying, “I should not be here.”
Kaylee Lorincz, who said her final appointment with Nassar was in February 2016, told reporters following a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that her appointment “never should have happened.” The hearing examined a bombshell watchdog report on the FBI’s handling of the allegations.
“I'm here speaking on behalf of the 120 victims who saw Larry, after the FBI knew of his abuse in 2015,” she said at the press conference, where she was joined by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyAnother voice of reason retires Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — FDA moves to sell hearing aids over-the-counter McConnell: GOP should focus on future, not 'rehash' 2020 MORE (R-Iowa), as well as other Nassar accusers, including Olympians Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney.
“I was abused from 2011 to 2016, and my life has been forever changed,” Lorincz added.
Wednesday’s emotional testimony from survivors follows the July release of the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General report that found that after receiving information on Nassar’s abuse in 2015, senior officials in the FBI Indianapolis field office “failed to respond” to the accusations “with the utmost seriousness and urgency that they deserved and required.”
The watchdog report also said that dozens of young athletes “were allegedly sexually abused by Nassar under the guise of medical treatment between July 2015, when USA Gymnastics first reported the Nassar allegations to the FBI, and August 2016, when the [Michigan State University Police Department] received a separate complaint of sexual abuse by Nassar."
Lorincz said Wednesday, “When I think of the FBI, I think of truth, integrity and honor."
“And yet, the reality of their actions was the exact opposite," she added.
“One of the FBI core values is listed as accountability. So let me ask: Where is the accountability?” she continued. “Where's the accountability for letting Larry continue to sexually assault little girls on your watch? Where's the accountability for those of the FBI who chose to place personal gain ahead of their duties to protect and serve?”
“Had anyone at the FBI done their job, then I would not be here speaking to you today,” she asserted, adding that “accountability will only occur when the FBI agents who did not do their job face criminal charges.”
The press briefing came after star U.S. gymnasts during the Senate hearing offered stark criticism against the FBI for its handling of the Nassar investigation, with Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles arguing that the agency, along with USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, “failed to do their jobs.”
While FBI Director Christopher Wray offered testimony at the hearing and apologized for the reported failures of FBI officials, Blumenthal and others ripped the Department of Justice for not appearing at the hearing, despite an explicit request earlier this month for either Attorney General Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandTrustmark Bank to pay million 'redlining' fine The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Manchin, Sanders in budget feud; Biden still upbeat Biden: Comment that DOJ should prosecute those who defy subpoenas 'not appropriate' MORE or Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco to come before the committee.