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,...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,"...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...more
"We have been failed and we deserve answers," gymnast Simone Biles said. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS
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
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
U.S. Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols (not pictured) arrive to testify. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS
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
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) embraces Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman alongside Simone Biles and McKayla Maroney after they testified. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS
Gymnasts McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman join Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) at a news conference after the hearing. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Gymnasts Jessica Howard and Kaylee Lorincz watch as Simone Biles testifies. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS
McKayla Maroney and Kaylee Lorincz, both victims of Larry Nassar, embrace as they depart Capitol Hill. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies. 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
Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Maggie Nichols leave after testifying. 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
Maggie Nichols is sworn in to testify. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS
McKayla Maroney testifies. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS
Simone Biles looks on during the hearing. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS
Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols arrive to testify. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS
Simone Biles and Aly Raisman embrace after the hearing. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS
Simone Biles testifies during the hearing. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS
Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) embraces McKayla Maroney after the hearing. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS
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 looks on during a Senate Judiciary hearing. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS
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