Victims Strike BACK at FBI – MASSIVE Lawsuit Announced!
Larry Nassar was accused of sexually assaulting 265 women and girls.
The USA Gymnastics doctor pleaded guilty to abusing 10 minors.
The FBI reportedly botched the investigation.
Simone Biles and other athletes are now suing the federal government.
(NewsReady.com) – In 2015, the FBI received complaints against USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar. Victims accused him of sexually assaulting them while he examined them. The agency didn’t respond to the allegations quickly; instead, he was allowed to continue to work with young girls until 2016.
In July 2021, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a scathing report. It outlined all of the ways the FBI failed the victims. Nearly a year after the release of the report, those survivors are suing the federal law enforcement agency.
On Wednesday, June 8, lawyers for dozens of Nassar’s victims announced they were seeking more than $1 billion in damages from the FBI over the botched investigation into the doctor. They allege the law enforcement agency could have stopped abuse from taking place in 2015 but failed to act, putting more innocent people in danger.
Those seeking damages include gold medalists Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, and McKayla Maroney. Nearly 90 more women also joined the gold medalists, and in April, 13 others filed lawsuits.
The Associated Press reported former University of Michigan gymnast Samantha Roy said that if the FBI had “done its job,” then Nassar wouldn’t have had the chance to violate “hundreds of girls,” including her.
The suit can’t move forward until the FBI responds. The agency has six months to do so under federal law. Depending on the response, the lawyers could then file the lawsuit in federal court and actively pursue damages.
According to the OIG, Nassar abused at least 70 young women from the time the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office received the complaint in July 2015 until August 2016 when the Michigan State University Police Department received a separate complaint. The report accused senior FBI officials in the field office of failing to act on the allegations with the “seriousness and urgency that they deserved and required.” In fact, it wasn’t until a month after Michigan police received the complaint that the federal agency proceeded.
The OIG stated the FBI failed to take steps to address the threat Nassar posed. After the report was released, FBI Director Christopher Wray apologized for the agency’s failures; he called it “totally unacceptable.”
The agency has not responded to the news that the gymnasts are seeking damages, except to point reporters to the statement from Wray last year.
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