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US Gymnasts Are Suing The FBI For $1 Billion In Damages

As early as 2015, the FBI was informed of allegations of sexual abuse against Larry Nassar - but no investigation was carried out. Now his victims are demanding compensation.

Multiple Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles and other top US athletes are seeking more than $1 billion in damages from the FBI. The background is the scandal surrounding former team doctor Larry Nassar, who was convicted of sex crimes.

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The gymnasts accuse the FBI of failing to act in 2015 when the first allegations of sexual abuse by the gymnasts' and Michigan State University's former doctor became known. The approximately 90 athletes also include Olympic champions Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney. It was initially unclear whether a lawsuit had already been filed.

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"If the FBI had just done their job, Nassar could have been stopped before he ever had a chance to molest hundreds of girls including me," said Samantha Roy, a former University of Michigan gymnast. "It's time to hold the FBI accountable," said multiple US gymnastics champion Maggie Nichols.

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Gymnasts in Indianapolis informed the FBI in 2015 that Nassar had assaulted three of them. According to the Justice Department, the FBI did not investigate, and authorities in Michigan, where Nasser was employed, were not informed. He was finally arrested in autumn 2016 and sentenced to up to 175 years in prison in early 2018 for sexual abuse. In the proceedings he had pleaded guilty.

In 2018, Michigan State University pledged $500 million in compensation. Nassar taught medicine at the university and is said to have committed most of the known abuses there.

In November last year, his victims were awarded $380 million in compensation by an Indianapolis court. The verdict ended a multi-year legal battle between the US Gymnastics Federation and the National Olympic and Paralympic Committees on the one hand and the victims on the other.

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