Sexual assault survivors seek $1B from FBI over failure to investigate Nassar allegations
More than 90 women who were abused by USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar will file administrative tort claims against the FBI on Wednesday over the bureau's failure to properly investigate the sexual assault allegations against him.
Why it matters: The action comes just two weeks after the Justice Department announced that it had once again declined to charge the FBI agents accused of mishandling the case.
The big picture: Gymnasts, including McKayla Maroney, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols, are collectively seeking more than $1 billion in damages.
- “My fellow survivors and I were betrayed by every institution that was supposed to protect us — the U.S. Olympic Committee, U.S.A. Gymnastics, the F.B.I. and now the Department of Justice,” Maroney said in a statement Wednesday, per the New York Times.
- “It is clear that the only path to justice and healing is through the legal process,” she added.
- Last summer, the FBI's inspector general issued a scathing report highlighting the "numerous and fundamental errors" in how the bureau handled its investigation into Nassar.
- In September, FBI Director Christopher Wray formally apologized to survivors for the agency's mishandling of the investigation.
- Last month, 13 sexual assault survivors abused by Nassar filed claims against the FBI totaling $130 million over its mishandling of the case.