Gymnasts Appear At Senate

September 15, 2021
Gymnasts Appear At Senate

I can’t help but wonder if this is because of the Senate hearing, and the timing seems cynical.

Lawyer John Manly, who represents victims of U.S. Olympics gymnast doctor Larry Nassar, ahead of a Senate hearing on investigative failures.
  • High-profile gymnasts and victims of Larry Nassar's abuse will appear before the Senate on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Update: Here's their full testimony.
  • These Olympians include Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols.
  • The topic? Dereliction of Duty: Examining the Inspector General’s Report on the FBI’s Handling of the Larry Nassar Investigation.
  • Ahead of the hearing, the FBI reportedly fired an agent last week who was initially investigating claims of abuse. The Washington Post reports he was removed from duty this summer after an investigation raised questions about the FBI's approach to the case. The removal usually comes ahead of official termination.
  • Here's an excerpt from The Washington Post on the report released this summer: The report found that although the supervisory special agent interviewed a gymnast in 2015 about her claims of Nassar’s abuse, he did not write up a formal report of that interview, known as a “302,” until 17 months later. Maroney’s lawyer has said even that report is fundamentally inaccurate. Nassar was arrested by authorities in Michigan in late 2016. The report found that in the time between the FBI being alerted to the allegations and his eventual arrest, Nassar went on to abuse about 70 more victims, though lawyers for those victims say the figure is more like 120.
  • Why This Matters: Manly claims there was a cover-up, including with the FBI, preventing further investigation in order to protect U.S. Gymnastics. The Senate hearing may reveal more about this claim as the gymnasts themselves have aired frustration that not enough has changed in the sport since the revelation of abuse and subsequent legal case (and imprisonment) of Larry Nassar.

    FBI fires agent who failed to pursue tips about sex abuse by USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar

by Jenna Lee,