Biles, FBI turned ‘blind eye’ to reports of gymnasts’ abuse

WASHINGTON (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles has told Congress that the FBI and gymnastics officials turned a “blind eye” to USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse of her and hundreds of other women.

Biles told the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday that “enough is enough” as she and three other U.S. gymnasts spoke in stark emotional terms about the lasting toll Nassar’s crimes have taken on their lives.

The hearing is part of a congressional effort to hold the FBI accountable after multiple missteps in investigating the case – including the delays that allowed Nassar to abuse additional young gymnasts.

The FBI was made aware of those allegations in 2015, but procedural violations led to several months worth of delays in the investigation.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz says that gave Nassar more time to abuse additional athletes. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are joining the bi-partisan probe into how the FBI mishandled the case.

All four gymnasts will testify, along with Horowitz and FBI Director Chris Wray.

Nassar pleaded guilty in 2018 to seven counts of sexual misconduct. He was sentenced to 40-175 years in prison after more than 150 women claim he abused them over two decades.

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