Over 90 gymnasts seek $1 billion from the FBI for failing to stop Larry Nassar
Dozens of gymnasts are seeking a total of over $1 billion in damages from the FBI for failing to stop convicted former USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar when the agency first received sexual assault allegations against him.
According to California law firm Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, the group of approximately 90 claimants includes Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney–all Olympic gold medalists–as well as Maggie Nichols, former University of Michigan gymnast Samantha Roy, and former gymnast Kaylee Lorincz.
The Justice Department wrote in a 2021 investigation that the FBI made “fundamental” errors in its investigation of the sexual abuse allegations against Nassar, and failed to treat the case with the “utmost seriousness.” According to the report, the FBI took months to open a formal investigation into Nassar after the agency was first notified of his misconduct in 2015, and during that time, dozens of other girls and women reported being molested by the doctor.
Nassar–who is currently serving a prison sentence of up to 175 years–was accused of molesting hundreds of girls and women, including many members of the 2012 and 2016 United States Olympic women’s gymnastics teams. In a statement, Samantha Roy said: “If the F.B.I. had simply done its job, Nassar would have been stopped before he ever had the chance to abuse hundreds of girls, including me.”