Detroit: Former Olympic gymnasts, including gold medalist Simone Biles, are among dozens of assault victims who are demanding more than $1 billion from the FBI for failing to stop sports doctor Larry Nassar, lawyers said Wednesday.
There’s no question that FBI agents knew in 2015 that Nassar was accused of molesting gymnasts, but the gymnasts’ lawyers said the agents did not act, leaving Nassar free to target young women and girls for more than a year. keep aiming.
“It’s time the FBI was held accountable,” said Maggie Nichols, a 2017-19 Oklahoma national gymnastics champion.
Under federal law, a government agency has six months to respond to the tort claim.
Depending on the response of the FBI, lawsuits may follow. The Justice Department said in May it would not bring criminal charges against former FBI agents who did not open an investigation quickly.
The approximately 90 claimants are Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, all Olympic gold medalists, according to Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, a California law firm.
“If the FBI had just done its job, Nassar would have stopped before he ever had the chance to abuse hundreds of girls, including me,” said Samantha Roy, a former University of Michigan gymnast.
Victims of Larry Nassar reportedly reached a $380 million ($530 million) settlement in December with USA Gymnastics, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee and their insurers after a five-year legal battle.