Larry Nassar abuse case: Olympic gymnasts Biles, Raisman and Maroney are among dozens suing the FBI for $1 billion over botched investigations

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Larry Nassar abuse case: Olympic gymnasts Biles, Raisman and Maroney are among dozens suing the FBI for $1 billion over botched investigations

The plaintiffs include Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, and World Championships medalist Maggie Nichols. Each has demanded $50 million, according to the law firm representing them.

Gymnasts Kaylee Lorincz and Hannah Morrow are each seeking $42.5 million, attorneys said. Lawyers say most of the 90 women are asking for $10 million each; overall, the total would be in the range of $1 billion to $1.2 billion.

CNN contacted the Justice Department, which oversees the FBI, and officials there declined to comment.

Under the Federal Tort Claims Act, plaintiffs must notify federal agency before filing a claim in federal court. The agency then has six months to either reach an agreement or dismiss the claim before the lawsuit can be filed.

In the notice of the Federal Tort Act’s requirements, attorneys say that as of July 2015, the FBI had credible complaints from numerous victims — but failed to interview them or properly investigate the abuse.

The allegations state, in part, that “the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has received credible complaints from numerous sources and corroborating evidence about Dr. Larry Nassars (Nassar) has been sexually assaulting young women and children over a number of years and around the world.”

“FBI officials who possessed this knowledge and were able to stop Nassar’s heists grossly neglected their duties, resulting in Nassar’s death between July 28, 2015 and the 12th senior official within the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committees States and by USA Gymnastics, Inc to hide this known sexual abuse from foreseeable victims,” ​​the allegations read.

“The FBI has grossly neglected its duties, refusing to interview Turner who agreed to speak out about the abuse, not escalating the complaint to Lansing Michigan, where Nassar continued to abuse girls, and ignoring its obligation to bring child abuse to justice.” to state and federal agencies and lie to Congress, the media and FBI headquarters about their lack of diligence in investigating the Nassar complaint,” the victims’ attorneys said in a statement.

“As a result, Nassar continued his predatory behavior, sexually assaulting approximately 90 young women and children between July 28, 2015 and September 12, 2016.”

Nichols, an NCAA national champion, called the FBI for account.

“The FBI knew Larry Nassar was a danger to children when his abuse of me was first reported in September 2015. For 421 days they worked with USA Gymnastics and USOPC to hide this information from the public and allowed Nassar to continue harassing young women and girls,” Nichols said. “It’s about time the FBI was held accountable becomes.”

Nassar, the longtime USA Gymnastics Team and Michigan State University physician, is serving a 60-year sentence in federal prison on child pornography charges.

He was also sentenced in Michigan to 40 to 175 years in prison after pleading guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct.

AG Garland confirmed "new evidence"  in reviewing the decision not to prosecute FBI agents involved with the Nassar probe

A Justice Department inspector general found gross failures by the FBI to properly investigate complaints from gymnasts who notified the bureau of the abuse in 2015.

The inspector general found that the agents had lied to investigators, but the Justice Department declined to press charges during the Trump administration and again early in the Biden administration.

In April, 13 of Nassar’s sexual assault victims filed separate claims against the FBI totaling $130 million, saying all agents involved in the Nassar investigation decided to “keep an eye on” Nassar’s child sexual abuse to squeeze”.

Those 13 victims accused agents during the investigation of “negligence” and “malpractice,” according to administrative tort claims seeking $10 million for each victim.

In May, the Justice Department announced it would not be charging two former FBI agents accused of mishandling the Nassar sex abuse investigation — the third time prosecutors have come to that conclusion.

In a statement at the time, the department said the recent decision to deny prosecution of the agents “was made following multiple reviews and analysis of evidence gathered in the investigations into the former agents and reflects the recommendation of senior prosecutors.”

CNN’s Holly Yan, Hanna Rabinowitz, and Lauren del Valle contributed to this report.

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Larry Nassar abuse case: Olympic gymnasts Biles, Raisman and Maroney are among dozens suing the FBI for $1 billion over botched investigations

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Larry Nassar abuse case: Olympic gymnasts Biles, Raisman and Maroney are among dozens suing the FBI for $1 billion over botched investigations

The plaintiffs include Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, and World Championships medalist Maggie Nichols. Each has demanded $50 million, according to the law firm representing them.

Gymnasts Kaylee Lorincz and Hannah Morrow are each seeking $42.5 million, attorneys said. Lawyers say most of the 90 women are asking for $10 million each; overall, the total would be in the range of $1 billion to $1.2 billion.

CNN contacted the Justice Department, which oversees the FBI, and officials there declined to comment.

Under the Federal Tort Claims Act, plaintiffs must notify federal agency before filing a claim in federal court. The agency then has six months to either reach an agreement or dismiss the claim before the lawsuit can be filed.

In the notice of the Federal Tort Act’s requirements, attorneys say that as of July 2015, the FBI had credible complaints from numerous victims — but failed to interview them or properly investigate the abuse.

The allegations state, in part, that “the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) received credible complaints from numerous sources and corroborating evidence about Dr. Larry Nassars (Nassar) has been sexually assaulting young women and children over a number of years and around the world.”

“FBI officials who possessed this knowledge and were able to stop Nassar’s heists grossly neglected their duties, resulting in Nassar’s death between July 28, 2015 and the 12th senior official within the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committees States and by USA Gymnastics, Inc to hide this known sexual abuse from foreseeable victims,” ​​the allegations read.

“The FBI has grossly neglected its duties, refusing to interview Turner who agreed to speak out about the abuse, not escalating the complaint to Lansing Michigan, where Nassar continued to abuse girls, and ignoring its obligation to bring child abuse to justice.” to state and federal agencies and lie to Congress, the media and FBI headquarters about their lack of diligence in investigating the Nassar complaint,” the victims’ attorneys said in a statement.

“As a result, Nassar continued his predatory behavior, sexually assaulting approximately 90 young women and children between July 28, 2015 and September 12, 2016.”

Nichols, an NCAA national champion, called the FBI for account.

“The FBI knew Larry Nassar was a danger to children when his abuse of me was first reported in September 2015. For 421 days they worked with USA Gymnastics and USOPC to hide this information from the public and allowed Nassar to continue harassing young women and girls,” Nichols said. “It’s about time the FBI was held accountable becomes.”

Nassar, the longtime USA Gymnastics Team and Michigan State University physician, is serving a 60-year sentence in federal prison on child pornography charges.

He was also sentenced in Michigan to 40 to 175 years in state prison after pleading guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct.

AG Garland confirmed "new evidence"  in reviewing the decision not to prosecute FBI agents involved with the Nassar probe

A Justice Department inspector general found gross failures by the FBI to properly investigate complaints from gymnasts who notified the bureau of the abuse in 2015.

The inspector general found that the agents had lied to investigators, but the Justice Department declined to press charges during the Trump administration and again early in the Biden administration.

In April, 13 of Nassar’s sexual assault victims filed separate claims against the FBI totaling $130 million, saying all agents involved in the Nassar investigation decided to “keep an eye on” Nassar’s child sexual abuse to squeeze”.

Those 13 victims accused agents during the investigation of “negligence” and “malpractice,” according to administrative tort claims seeking $10 million for each victim.

In May, the Justice Department announced it would not be charging two former FBI agents accused of mishandling the Nassar sex abuse investigation — the third time prosecutors have come to that conclusion.

In a statement at the time, the department said the recent decision to deny prosecution of the agents “came after multiple reviews and analysis of evidence gathered in the investigations into the former agents and reflects the recommendation of senior prosecutors.”

CNN’s Holly Yan, Hanna Rabinowitz, and Lauren del Valle contributed to this report.

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