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Gymnasts demand justice in FBI's botched sex abuse probe of Larry Nassar

U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney testifies during a Senate Judiciary hearing in Washington, September 15, 2021. Maroney told lawmakers she feels betrayed by FBI agents, after they failed to investigate former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, despite her telling them he had sexually abused her. Maroney recalled how in 2015 she spent three hours on the phone telling the FBI the details of her story that her own mother had not even heard, including accounts of sexual abuse she endured during the Olympic games in London by Nassar, whom she described as "more of a pedophile" than he was a doctor.

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U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney testifies during a Senate Judiciary hearing in Washington, September 15, 2021. Maroney told lawmakers she feels betrayed by FBI agents, after they failed to investigate former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar,...more

U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney testifies during a Senate Judiciary hearing in Washington, September 15, 2021. Maroney told lawmakers she feels betrayed by FBI agents, after they failed to investigate former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, despite her telling them he had sexually abused her. Maroney recalled how in 2015 she spent three hours on the phone telling the FBI the details of her story that her own mother had not even heard, including accounts of sexual abuse she endured during the Olympic games in London by Nassar, whom she described as "more of a pedophile" than he was a doctor. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS
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FBI Director Chris Wray told the Senate panel that the actions of the agents who botched the investigation are inexcusable, and he announced that one of the agents "no longer works for the bureau in any capacity." "I'm deeply and profoundly sorry," Wray said.

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FBI Director Chris Wray told the Senate panel that the actions of the agents who botched the investigation are inexcusable, and he announced that one of the agents "no longer works for the bureau in any capacity." "I'm deeply and profoundly sorry,"...more

FBI Director Chris Wray told the Senate panel that the actions of the agents who botched the investigation are inexcusable, and he announced that one of the agents "no longer works for the bureau in any capacity." "I'm deeply and profoundly sorry," Wray said. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS
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Several of the gymnasts said they were furious that the FBI failed to immediately interview them about the abuse after they had reported it. Once the FBI finally did contact them, they said the agents tried to downplay the severity of the abuse.

"I remember sitting with the FBI agent and him trying to convince me that it wasn't that bad," Aly Raisman said. "It's taken me years of therapy to realize that my abuse was bad, that it does matter."

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Several of the gymnasts said they were furious that the FBI failed to immediately interview them about the abuse after they had reported it. Once the FBI finally did contact them, they said the agents tried to downplay the severity of the abuse. "I...more

Several of the gymnasts said they were furious that the FBI failed to immediately interview them about the abuse after they had reported it. Once the FBI finally did contact them, they said the agents tried to downplay the severity of the abuse. "I remember sitting with the FBI agent and him trying to convince me that it wasn't that bad," Aly Raisman said. "It's taken me years of therapy to realize that my abuse was bad, that it does matter." Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS
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"We have been failed and we deserve answers," gymnast Simone Biles said.

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"We have been failed and we deserve answers," gymnast Simone Biles said. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS

"We have been failed and we deserve answers," gymnast Simone Biles said. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS
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U.S. Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman are sworn in to testify. "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," Maroney said, with anger in her voice.

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U.S. Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman are sworn in to testify. "Not only did the FBI not report my abuse, but when they eventually documented my report 17 months later, they made entirely false claims...more

U.S. Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman are sworn in to testify. "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," Maroney said, with anger in her voice. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS
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Aly Raisman (R) expressed frustrations that more has not been done to investigate USA Gymnastics or the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee for covering up Nassar's abuse for years. "Why did none of these organizations warn anyone? USAG and USOPC have a long history of enabling abuse by turning a blind eye. Both organizations knew of Nassar's abuse, long before it became public," she said.

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Aly Raisman (R) expressed frustrations that more has not been done to investigate USA Gymnastics or the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee for covering up Nassar's abuse for years. "Why did none of these organizations warn anyone? USAG and USOPC...more

Aly Raisman (R) expressed frustrations that more has not been done to investigate USA Gymnastics or the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee for covering up Nassar's abuse for years. "Why did none of these organizations warn anyone? USAG and USOPC have a long history of enabling abuse by turning a blind eye. Both organizations knew of Nassar's abuse, long before it became public," she said. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS
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U.S. Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols (not pictured) arrive to testify. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS

U.S. Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols (not pictured) arrive to testify. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS

U.S. Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols (not pictured) arrive to testify. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS
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Maggie Nichols said those who didn't take swift action are responsible for more girls and women being abused by Nassar: "In sacrificing my childhood for the chance to compete for the United States, I am haunted by the fact even after I reported my abuse so many women and girls had to suffer at the hands of Larry Nassar."

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Maggie Nichols said those who didn't take swift action are responsible for more girls and women being abused by Nassar: "In sacrificing my childhood for the chance to compete for the United States, I am haunted by the fact even after I reported my...more

Maggie Nichols said those who didn't take swift action are responsible for more girls and women being abused by Nassar: "In sacrificing my childhood for the chance to compete for the United States, I am haunted by the fact even after I reported my abuse so many women and girls had to suffer at the hands of Larry Nassar." Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS
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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) embraces Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman alongside Simone Biles and McKayla Maroney after they testified. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) embraces Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman alongside Simone Biles and McKayla Maroney after they testified. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) embraces Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman alongside Simone Biles and McKayla Maroney after they testified. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS
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Gymnasts McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman join Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) at a news conference after the hearing.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Gymnasts McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman join Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) at a news conference after the hearing.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Gymnasts McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman join Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) at a news conference after the hearing.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Gymnasts Jessica Howard and Kaylee Lorincz watch as Simone Biles testifies. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS

Gymnasts Jessica Howard and Kaylee Lorincz watch as Simone Biles testifies. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS

Gymnasts Jessica Howard and Kaylee Lorincz watch as Simone Biles testifies. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS
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McKayla Maroney and Kaylee Lorincz, both victims of Larry Nassar, embrace as they depart Capitol Hill.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

McKayla Maroney and Kaylee Lorincz, both victims of Larry Nassar, embrace as they depart Capitol Hill.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

McKayla Maroney and Kaylee Lorincz, both victims of Larry Nassar, embrace as they depart Capitol Hill.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS

FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS

FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS
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"A message needs to be sent: If you allow a predator to harm children, the consequences will be swift and severe. Enough is enough," said Simone Biles.

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"A message needs to be sent: If you allow a predator to harm children, the consequences will be swift and severe. Enough is enough," said Simone Biles. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS

"A message needs to be sent: If you allow a predator to harm children, the consequences will be swift and severe. Enough is enough," said Simone Biles. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS
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Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Maggie Nichols leave after testifying. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS

Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Maggie Nichols leave after testifying. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS

Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Maggie Nichols leave after testifying. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS
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U.S. Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman testifies during a Senate Judiciary hearing about the Inspector General's report on the FBI handling of the Larry Nassar investigation of sexual abuse of Olympic gymnasts, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., U.S., September 15, 2021. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS

U.S. Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman testifies during a Senate Judiciary hearing about the Inspector General's report on the FBI handling of the Larry Nassar investigation of sexual abuse of Olympic gymnasts, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., U.S.,...more

U.S. Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman testifies during a Senate Judiciary hearing about the Inspector General's report on the FBI handling of the Larry Nassar investigation of sexual abuse of Olympic gymnasts, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., U.S., September 15, 2021. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS
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Maggie Nichols is sworn in to testify. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS

Maggie Nichols is sworn in to testify. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS

Maggie Nichols is sworn in to testify. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS
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McKayla Maroney testifies. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS

McKayla Maroney testifies. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS

McKayla Maroney testifies. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS
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Simone Biles looks on during the hearing. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS

Simone Biles looks on during the hearing. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS

Simone Biles looks on during the hearing. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS
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Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols arrive to testify. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS

Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols arrive to testify. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS

Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols arrive to testify. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS
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Simone Biles and Aly Raisman embrace after the hearing. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS

Simone Biles and Aly Raisman embrace after the hearing. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS

Simone Biles and Aly Raisman embrace after the hearing. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS
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Simone Biles testifies during the hearing. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS

Simone Biles testifies during the hearing. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS

Simone Biles testifies during the hearing. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS
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Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) embraces McKayla Maroney after the hearing. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS

Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) embraces McKayla Maroney after the hearing. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS

Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) embraces McKayla Maroney after the hearing. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS
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FBI Director Christopher Wray and Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz are sworn in to testify. The hearing comes after Horowitz in July issued a scathing report which blasted the FBI for botching its investigation  in a series of errors that allowed the abuse to continue for months. Horowitz said that the now-fired agent who falsified Maroney's statement "could have actually jeopardized the criminal investigation by providing false information that could have bolstered Nassar's defense."

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FBI Director Christopher Wray and Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz are sworn in to testify. The hearing comes after Horowitz in July issued a scathing report which blasted the FBI for botching its investigation in a series of...more

FBI Director Christopher Wray and Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz are sworn in to testify. The hearing comes after Horowitz in July issued a scathing report which blasted the FBI for botching its investigation in a series of errors that allowed the abuse to continue for months. Horowitz said that the now-fired agent who falsified Maroney's statement "could have actually jeopardized the criminal investigation by providing false information that could have bolstered Nassar's defense." Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS
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FBI Director Christopher Wray looks on during a Senate Judiciary hearing. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS

FBI Director Christopher Wray looks on during a Senate Judiciary hearing. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS

FBI Director Christopher Wray looks on during a Senate Judiciary hearing. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS
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