U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney told the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday that the FBI “chose to lie about what” she said about the abuse she suffered at the hands of Larry Nassar and “protect a serious child molester rather than protect, not only me, but countless others.”
The big picture: Maroney is one of the over 160 girls and women who accused Nassar, the former Olympic Team USA gymnastics doctor, of sexual abuse. Nassar was sentenced to 40–175 years in prison in 2018.
- The hearing follows a report released in July that highlights the FBI’s failures to properly investigate allegations, which “enabled the continued abuse of dozens of additional victims,” per a release from the committee.
- The FBI last week fired an agent accused of failing to properly investigate the sexual assault allegations, per Washington Post.
What they’re saying: Maroney said that after she read FBI’s report, she was “shocked and deeply disappointed” to find out that agents falsified her account. The gymnast said that she spoke for hours with FBI agents describing the abuse she endured.
- “What I’m trying to bring to your attention today is something entirely disturbing and illegal,” Maroney said. “After telling my entire story of abuse to the FBI in the summer of 2015, not only did the FBI not report my abuse but when they eventually documented my report 17 months later, they made entirely false claims about what I said.”
- The FBI and other officials “sat idly by while dozens of girls continued to be molested by Larry Nassar.”
- “I am tired of waiting for people to do the right thing, because my abuse was enough and we deserve justice,” she added.
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