This past Wednesday, gymnasts Simone Biles, Maggie Nichols, Aly Raisman, and McKayla Maroney shocked Congress when they revealed the insane details of the sexual abuse they went through while under the watch of Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor. They also hurled criticism at the FBI which they stated failed in their duty to act on multiup[le reports that American gymnasts and may have actually taken a hand in a coverup attempt of the evidence of an abusive system.
This past Wednesday, a hearing was held by the Senate Judiciary Committee that examined the FBI’s handling of the Larry Nassar case, which involved the four Olympic gymnasts — Biles, Nichols, Raisman, and Maroney — testifying about the abuse they underwent while in the care of the former Olympic gymnastics doctor and the failure of the FBI to act appropriately on the reports given.
This hearing crops up just a scant few days after Michael Langeman, An FBI agent, was terminated for his failure to look into the claims made by the Olympic gymnasts.
Back in July, the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General put out a document reporting criticizing Langeman, who at the time was not named, and his then-boss Jay Abbott for their horrid handling of the Nassar investigation.
Back in 2015, Langeman spoke to Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney about her allegations that she had been abused by Nassar. The report by the inspector general stated that Langeman and Abbott had never “officially opened an investigation” and then proceeded to lie to investigators concerning their actions. The report also states that Abbott, who is now retired, commanded the FBI to put out false statements in 2017 stating that his office “expeditiously responded” to all the allegations slated against Nassar.
This past Wednesday, Raisman stated that it took well over fourteen months for FBI agents to reach out to her after her report was made to USAG [USA Gymnastics] back in June of 2015 that she had been abused by Nassar, and that Nassar had continued to sexually assault dozens of other young women and girls during the interim period.
“From July 2015, when the allegations were first reported to the FBI, to September 2016, Nassar continued to treat gymnasts at Michigan State University, a high school in Michigan, and a gymnastics club in Michigan,” stated the report. “Ultimately the investigations determined that Nassar had engaged in sexual assaults of over 100 victims and possessed thousands of images of child pornography, led to his convictions in federal and state court, and resulted in Nassar being sentenced to incarceration for over 100 years.”
Biles presented an intensely emotional testimony, stating that “the lingering trauma from her abuse at the hands of Nassar played a factor in her decision to opt-out of several competitions” during the Tokyo Olympics, as reported by the Associated Press.
“I sit before you today to raise my voice so that no little girl must endure what I, the athletes at this table, and the countless others who needlessly suffered under Nassar’s guise of medical treatment,” stated Biles. “Which we continue to endure today. We suffered and continue to suffer because no one at [the] FBI, USAG, or the USOPC [U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee] did what was necessary in order to protect us. We have been failed and we deserve answers. Nassar is where he belongs, but those who enabled him deserve to be held accountable … 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.”
.@Simone_Biles: "We suffered and continue to suffer because no one at @FBI or U.S. AG or USOPC did what was necessary to protect us. We have been failed and we deserve answers. Nassar is where he belongs but those who enabled him deserve to be held accountable." pic.twitter.com/fnfWU8RhCw
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 15, 2021
Maroney then testified that the FBI put out false claims concerning her story of abuse under the care of Nassar.
“As most of you are probably aware, I was molested by the U.S. gymnastics national team and Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar,” stated Maroney. “In actuality, he turned out to be more of a pedophile than he was a doctor … After telling my entire story of abuse to the FBI in the summer of 2015, not only did the FBI not report my abuse, but when they eventually documented my report 17 months later, they made entirely false claims about what I said. After reading the Office of Inspector General’s OIG report, I was shocked and deeply disappointed at this narrative they chose to fabricate. They chose to lie about what I said and protect a serial child molester rather than protect not only me, but countless others.”
.@McKaylaMaroney: "After telling my entire story of abuse to the @FBI in the summer of 2015, not only did the FBI not report my abuse, but when they eventually documented my report, 17 months later, they made up entirely false claims about what I said." pic.twitter.com/CC7Wpvg27U
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 15, 2021
Christopher Wray, the Director of the FBI, put out an apology in his opening statements for the FBI’s mishandling and failure to stop Nassar.
“I’m deeply and profoundly sorry to each and every one of you,” Wray stated. “I’m sorry for what you and your families have been through. I’m sorry so many people let you down over and over again. And I’m especially sorry there were people at the FBI who had their own chance to stop this monster back in 2015 and failed, and that is inexcusable. It never should have happened, and we’re doing everything in our power to make sure it never happens again”