Larry Nassar victims seek $1 billion from FBI

FBI agents in 2015 knew that Nassar was accused of molesting Turner. But the agents didn’t act, leaving him free to continue targeting young women and girls.

DETROIT — Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and dozens of other women who say they were sexually assaulted by Larry Nassar are demanding more than $1 billion from the FBI for failing to stop the now-convicted sports doctor, as the agency first said Mal received allegations against him, lawyers said Wednesday.

It is undisputed that in 2015 FBI agents knew that Nassar was accused of assaulting Turner, but they did not act and let him assault young women and girls for more than a year.

“It’s about time the FBI was held accountable,” said Maggie Nichols, a national champion gymnast in Oklahoma in 2017-19.

Under federal law, a government agency has six months to respond to the tort claim. Depending on the FBI’s response, lawsuits could follow. The Justice Department said in May it would not pursue criminal charges against former FBI agents who failed to quickly launch an investigation.

The approximately 90 plaintiffs include Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, all Olympic gold medalists, according to Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, a California law firm.

“Had the FBI just done their job, Nassar would have been stopped before he ever had a chance to molest hundreds of girls, including me,” said former University of Michigan gymnast Samantha Roy.

Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics told local FBI agents in 2015 that three gymnasts said they were assaulted by Nassar, a team doctor. But the FBI did not launch a formal investigation and did not notify federal or state agencies in Michigan, according to the Justice Department’s inspector general, an internal watchdog.

FBI agents in Los Angeles launched a sex tourism investigation into Nassar in 2016 and questioned several victims, but also failed to alert Michigan authorities, the inspector general said.

Nassar was only arrested in the fall of 2016 during an investigation by Michigan State University police. He was a doctor at Michigan State University.

The Michigan Attorney General’s office finally considered the assault charges against Nassar, while the federal prosecutor’s office in Grand Rapids, Michigan, filed a child pornography case. He is serving decades in prison.

The FBI declined comment in April when a smaller set of claims were filed, citing instead Director Christopher Wray’s testimonies before Congress in 2021.

“I’m particularly sorry that there were people at the FBI who had their own chance to stop this monster in 2015 and failed. And that’s inexcusable,” Wray told victims at a Senate hearing.

Michigan State University, which has also been accused of missing opportunities to stop Nassar for many years, agreed to pay $500 million to more than 300 women and girls who were assaulted. USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee agreed on $380 million. Larry Nassar victims seek $1 billion from FBI

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