Former Olympic gymnasts, including gold medalist Simone Biles, are among dozens of assault victims who are seeking more than $1 billion from the FBI for failing to stop sports doctor Larry Nassar, lawyers said Wednesday.
There’s no dispute that FBI agents in 2015 knew that Nassar was accused of molesting gymnasts, but they failed to follow through with mandatory investigative duties, leaving him free to continue to target young women and girls for more than a year.
‘Even minimal compliance with these mandatory duties would have prevented the harm to Claimants and the other women and children Nassar assaulted between July 28, 2015 and September 12, 2016,’ read one of the lawsuits provided to DailyMail.com by the plaintiffs’ attorney.
Plaintiffs are seeking varying amounts in damages, but the total claim is more than $1 billion, according to their attorney, John Manly.
Under federal law, a government agency has six months to respond to the tort claim. Lawsuits could follow, depending on the FBI’s response. The lawsuit comes two weeks after the Department of Justice’s decision not to prosecute former FBI agents accused of botching the agency’s 2015 investigation into the disgraced physician.
The approximately 90 claimants include gold medalists Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, according to Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, a California law firm.
‘My fellow survivors and I were betrayed by every institution that was supposed to protect us — the US Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, the FBI and now the Department of Justice,’ Ms. Maroney said in a statement. ‘It is clear that the only path to justice and healing is through the legal process.’
‘It is time for the FBI to be held accountable,’ agreed Maggie Nichols, a national champion gymnast at Oklahoma in 2017-19.
Nassar, who was a Michigan State sports doctor and worked for USA Gymnastics, is serving a decades-long prison sentence. Hundreds of women and girls, mostly gymnasts, said he molested them during visits for hip, back and leg injuries.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Alex Raskin