Simone Biles was among U.S. gymnasts to testify Wednesday at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing into sexual abuse allegations against former U.S. gymnastics physician Larry Nassar.
Biles was joined in Washington, DC by McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman. The four American gymnasts are among hundreds of women who say they were sexually assaulted by Nassar, who worked as a doctor for USA Gymnastics from 1978 to 2016. Nassar is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted of sexual assault and child pornography. charges.
Wednesday’s hearing is used to investigate the FBI’s mismanagement of allegations of sexual abuse against Nassar. A July Department of Justice report concluded that the FBI had used “extremely poor judgment” in dealing with the 2015 allegations against Nassar, noting that FBI agents in Indianapolis had made “materially false statements. In interviews with federal officials. The false statements were allegedly made in an attempt to “minimize the errors made by the Indianapolis field office”.
Biles criticized both USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee during Wednesday’s testimony.
“To be clear, I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame an entire system that allowed and perpetrated his abuse,” Biles said. “The scars of this horrific abuse continue. The impact of this man’s abuse will never be over.
“We have failed and we deserve answers. It really feels like the FBI has turned a blind eye to us.”
Maroney discussed her 2015 conversation with the FBI on Wednesday, in which she detailed accounts of her own sexual abuse. Maroney’s call with the FBI has not been documented for over a year, and Maroney said on Wednesday that the final report “makes entirely false statements.”
“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,” Maroney said Wednesday.
Michael Langeman, an FBI agent who interviewed Maroney in 2015, was fired Tuesday, by The Washington Post.