The FBI’s general counsel contacted the lawyers for Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney and dozens of other women on Wednesday to say the agency was “interested” in a resolution.
Former sports doctor Larry Nassar, who was sentenced to decades in prison for sexually assaulting gymnasts, including Olympic medalists, said he was treated unfairly in 2018 and deserved a new hearing, based on provocative comments by a judge who called him a “monster.”
There’s no dispute that FBI agents in 2015 knew that sports doctor Larry Nassar was accused of molesting gymnasts, but they failed to act, leaving him free to continue to target young women and girls for more than a year.
The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday it will not pursue criminal charges against former FBI agents who failed to quickly open an investigation of sports doctor Larry Nassar despite learning in 2015 that he was accused of sexually assaulting female gymnasts.
Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics is turning to two of its most-decorated athletes to help guide its women’s elite program.
A federal bankruptcy court in Indianapolis on Monday confirmed the settlement between USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and the hundreds of victims, ending one aspect of the fallout of the largest sexual abuse scandal in the history of the U.S. Olympic movement.
The Justice Department is under fire for not pursuing false-statements charges against a supervisory FBI agent and his boss for what the agency’s inspector general concluded were lies to internal investigators to cover up their failures.
The Star’s investment on a single story was especially astonishing at a time when local and regional newspapers around the country have faced shrinking ad revenue or hedge-fund takeovers, some of them closing altogether.
Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and other gymnasts spoke to Congress in forceful testimony Wednesday as part of an effort to hold the FBI accountable after multiple missteps in investigating the case involving Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics.
An FBI agent accused of failing to properly investigate former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar—and lying about it later—was fired days before a high-stakes public hearing into the bureau’s flawed investigation of the child sex-abuse case.
While it’s unclear how much each victim would receive under the proposed agreement, the sum is significantly higher than the $215 million settlement offer Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee put together in February 2020.
The inspector general’s office found that “despite the extraordinarily serious nature” of the claims against USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar, FBI officials in Indianapolis did not respond with the “utmost seriousness and urgency that the allegations deserved and required.”
Gold medal-winning coach John Geddert, who was suspended by Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, during the Larry Nassar scandal, took his own life Thursday after being charged with two dozen crimes, including forms of human trafficking.
Maggie Haney, the longtime former coach of 2016 Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez, was suspended following a hearing into complaints that she verbally and emotionally abused her gymnasts.
USA Gymnastics President Li Li Leung said Monday that a majority of senior national team members indicated in an anonymous survey that they would prefer the games be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics has filed a bankruptcy plan that includes an offer of $215 million in insurance funds for sexual abuse victims to settle their claims against the embattled organization.
The Indianapolis-based sports organization believes it has taken positive steps to emerge from the rubble of the biggest sexual abuse scandal in sports history. The changes it has instituted since summer 2017 are both obvious and subtle.
Li Li Leung said she has spoken with more than 400 members of the gymnastics community—including Larry Nassar victims—in an attempt to create an open dialogue about what USA Gymnastics needs to become if it wants to survive.
It wasn’t the first time Biles had criticized Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics and its former president, Steve Penny, for its inaction against Larry Nassar. But rarely has she been as emotional in public as she was Wednesday,