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Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a hearing into the FBI’s mismanagement of the Larry Nassar investigation

Last updated: 09/15/21 6:45 PM


US Olympic gymnast Simone Biles says she blames “a whole system” that allowed disgraced former team doctor Larry Nassar to mistreat her.

Biles, along with his former teammates Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is examining the shortcomings of the FBI’s investigation into Nassar.

He is serving up to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing athletes in his care.

“I blame Larry Nassar, and I also blame a whole system that allowed and perpetrated his abuse,” said Biles, the most decorated Olympic gymnast of all time.

“If you allow a predator to harm children, the consequences will be quick and severe. Enough is enough,” she added.

Gymnast Maggie Nichols – the first victim to report her abuse to USA Gymnastics – also testified on Wednesday.

US Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Maggie Nichols appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee

US Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Maggie Nichols appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee

An internal Justice Department investigation released in July found that the FBI had made fundamental errors in the Nassar investigation.

Maroney, another gold medal-winning gymnast, recalled that in 2015, she spent three hours on the phone telling the FBI details of her story that her own mother hadn’t even heard.

“I think for so long we’ve all wondered, just because someone else wasn’t fully validating us, that we doubted what happened to us,” Maroney said. “And I think that makes the healing process longer.”

Maroney added, “Not only did the FBI not report my abuse, but when they finally documented my report 17 months later, they made completely false claims about what I said.”

In total, Nassar has been accused of sexual abuse by more than 330 women and girls at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University.

Several of the gymnasts said they were furious that the FBI did not immediately question them about the abuse after reporting it.

“I remember sitting down with the FBI agent and trying to convince me it wasn’t that bad,” Raisman said.

“It took me years of therapy to realize my abuse was bad, that it matters.”

FBI Director Christopher 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 office in any capacity. “.

“I am deeply and deeply sorry,” Wray said.

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