Wednesday (September 15), Simon Byles He testified that he had been sexually abused by a former doctor of the USA gymnastics team Larry Nasser The 2020 Tokyo Olympics had a direct impact on his mental health this summer, during which he unexpectedly withdrew from several events.
Other members of Tees USA Gymnastics joined Biles when they told the Senate Judiciary Committee what they said was the FBI’s failed investigation into Nasser’s activities. The rhetorical Olympian further said that current and former FBI agents must be held accountable for the Bureau’s investigation misconduct, ESPN reports.
“It really looks like the FBI has turned a blind eye to us,” Byles said, trying to hold back tears as he testified that there should be a federal trial against the agents. Several senators also questioned why the judiciary did not pursue criminal charges against agents.
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In the summer of 2015, FBI agents failed to respond with the necessary “seriousness and urgency” after learning of Nasser’s abuse, according to a recent report released by the Inspector General of Justice. The report further found that agents misused the evidence and later made false statements to investigators for covert investigations.
The Olympians, including Byles, joined Ali Riceman, As well as a former Olympic gold medalist McCayla Maroni And former world and NCAA champions Maggie Nichols, Who first noticed the behavior of NASA officials in June 2015.
All four gymnasts say Nasser was sexually abused while with the national team. The Inspector General of Justice joined them on Wednesday Michael Horowitz And the FBI Director Christopher Wray, Who also testified on Wednesday.
According to ESPN, War told gymnasts during his testimony, “I am deeply and deeply sorry.” “I’m particularly sorry that there were people in the FBI who got a chance to stop this monster in 2015 and failed. It should never have happened.”
Nasser was convicted after pleading guilty to seven counts of sexual misconduct in Ingam County, Egypt, where he was a team gymnastics doctor at Michigan State University and where several members of the group accused him of sexual harassment. He was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison.