Elite United States gymnasts will testify before the Senate at a hearing on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) handling of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case.
Gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols, and Aly Raisman — who are among the hundreds of women that accused U.S. Gymnastics doctor Nassar of sexual abuse — will deliver their testimonies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 15, the Committee announced.
The Committee added that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray will also testify.
The testimonies follow a 119-page report released by Horowitz last July that found that senior officials in the FBI Indianapolis Field Office had made “multiple failures and policy violations” in the investigation by making false statements, failing to properly document complaints from accusers in a timely manner, and failing to notify other FBI officers or authorities.
“FBI Indianapolis Field Office failed to respond to the Nassar allegations with the utmost seriousness and urgency that they deserved and required, made numerous and fundamental errors when they did respond to them,” the report said.
In an interview with NBC News morning show Today last August, Biles said that the abuse she faced from Nassar “could have” affected her in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in which she withdrew from several events.
“Now, that I think of it, like maybe in the back of my head probably yes, because there are certain triggers that you don’t even know, and I think it could have,” Biles said.
Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct in a Michigan court in 2018 and admitted that he used his trusted medical position to assault over 150 women, including 10 minors. He is currently serving 175 years in prison.
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