Simone Biles, other Larry Nassar victims seek more than $1B from FBI
Simone Biles: What you need to know Simone Biles: What You Need to KnowFour-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and several other gymnasts are seeking more than $1 billion from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for failing to stop a sports doctor from molesting athletes, The Associated Press is reporting. In July 2015, USA Gymnastics informed FBI agents in Indianapolis of sexual abuse allegations against team doctor Larry Nassar, according to the AP and The New York Times. Despite that report, the FBI didn’t begin a formal investigation or alert federal authorities, the Justice Department’s inspector general said. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 11 Photos: Simone Biles through the years Here are some memorable photos of seven-time Olympic medalist Simone Biles through the years. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 11 Photos: Simone Biles, top gymnasts testify about handling of Larry Nassar investigation United States gymnasts from left, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols, arrive to testify during a Senate Judiciary hearing about the Inspector General's report on the FBI's handling of the Larry Nassar investigation on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, in Washington.wftv.com
Olympian, Nassar victim Schwikert Moser on USA Gym board
USA Gymnastics Schwikert FILE - Former Olympic gymnast Tasha Schwikert leaves a conference room after speaking to reporters Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) (Jae C. Hong)Tasha Schwikert Moser knew she had a choice. The former Olympian could continue to work on the outside while attempting to hold USA Gymnastics accountable as it tries to emerge from the rubble of the Larry Nassar scandal. While Schwikert Moser stressed she had no issue with any of the hires personally, she called the decision to pass on Moceanu a missed opportunity. USA Gymnastics board chair Kathryn Carson called having someone with Schwikert's background a “tremendous addition to our board" and "critically important to ensuring sustained cultural change at USA Gymnastics.”A change Schwikert Moser is adamant about seeing through.wftv.com
UCLA to pay record of nearly $700M in doctor abuse lawsuits
Heaps sexually abused patients for years while UCLA Health put profits over their safety," attorney Jennifer McGrath said in a statement. Heaps, 65, who retired as the scandal unfolded, has pleaded not guilty to 21 felony counts for allegedly sexually assaulting seven women. Women who brought the lawsuits said UCLA ignored their complaints and deliberately concealed abuse that happened for decades during examinations at the UCLA student health center, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center or in Heaps' campus office. The most recent settlement with 312 women resolves the vast majority of claims against Heaps, the university said. “The conduct alleged to have been committed by Heaps is reprehensible and contrary to our values,” UCLA said in a statement.wftv.com
Mario Batali acquittal underscores perils of #MeToo cases
MeToo Prosecutions This combination of 2017-2020 photos shows, from left, Dr. Larry Nassar, Mario Batali, and Harvey Weinstein. Legal experts and victims’ advocates say celebrity chef Batali’s acquittal on sexual assault charges underscores the inherent difficulties of prosecuting such cases nearly five years into the #MeToo era. Celebrity chef Mario Batali was acquitted this week on just the second day of his sexual assault trial in Boston. “Sexual assault victims are trusted less than nearly every other crime victim,” he said. The Batali acquittal parallels another high-profile #MeToo case in Massachusetts that fell apart over issues involving the accuser.wftv.com
13 Larry Nassar victims seeking $10 million each from FBI over bungled investigation
"This was not a case involving fake 20 dollar bills or tax cheats," one attorney said. "These were allegations of a serial rapist who was known to the FBI as the Olympic U.S. doctor with unfettered access to young women."cbsnews.com
Abuse victims see inequity in payouts at 2 Michigan schools
Dwight Hicks and Jon Vaughn, both former NFL players, told The Associated Press that the $490 million settlement the Ann Arbor school announced this week is another example of Black victims receiving less than white victims in big-money payouts. The majority of the claimants in the settlement are Black men, said John Manly, an attorney involved in the case. Although the victims of the school's former sports doctor Robert Anderson are expected to receive between $400,000 and $500,000, the victims of Larry Nassar — who sexually assaulted gymnasts at Michigan State University — averaged $1.2 million in payouts. None of the 332 initial individuals represented by his firm in the Nassar case were Black, White said, adding that all were white and only one was a man. He said he was given 50 prostate exams by Anderson during his two years at the University of Michigan.wftv.com
EXPLAINER: How will U. of Michigan assault settlement work?
University-of-Michigan-Doctor-Assault FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan shows Dr. Robert E. Anderson. The University of Michigan has agreed to a $490 million settlement with hundreds of people who say they were sexually assaulted by the former sports doctor at the school. COMPARISONS WITH NASSARNassar molested Michigan State female athletes, U.S. Olympic gymnasts and young gymnasts who trained in the Lansing, Michigan, area. Michigan State was accused of ignoring or dismissing complaints against him. Michigan State's $500 million settlement was larger though it involved fewer victims, approximately 520, than in the Anderson scandal.wftv.com
Ex-gymnastics coach wins appeal on Nassar-related conviction
(Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP, File) (Matthew Dae Smith)LANSING, Mich. — (AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned a former Michigan State University gymnastics coach's conviction for lying to investigators about her knowledge of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. Klages maintained her innocence throughout, saying she could not remember a conversation with either of the girls in 1997. "It has been a long battle, but Mrs. Klages has finally been vindicated.”Klages was the second person to be convicted of charges in relation to Nassar. ___Check out AP's complete coverage of Larry Nassar and the fallout from his years of sexually abusing girls and women. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.wftv.com
Gymnasts reach $380M settlement in Larry Nassar abuse case
Settlement: Gymnasts Jordyn Wieber, left, and Jamie Dantzscher testified before Congress in 2018. Dantzscher filed a civil lawsuit against Larry Nassar in 2016. Because of the lawsuits, USA Gymnastics filed for bankruptcy protection in late 2018, the same year Nassar was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison, the Times reported. Nassar worked as a volunteer with USA Gymnastics for more than two decades, including serving as the national team’s medical coordinator beginning in 1996, according to ESPN. “After thousands of hours of this survivors committee’s time, blood, sweat and tears, today we prevailed.”©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
USA Gymnastics, USOPC reach $380M settlement with victims
The legal wrangling between USA Gymnastics and the victims of sexual abuse by former national team doctor Larry Nassar, among others, is over. More than 300 victims were abused by Nassar, with the remaining victims abused by individuals affiliated with USA Gymnastics in some capacity. A series of nonmonetary provisions will make the victims stakeholders at USA Gymnastics going forward. “Individually and collectively, survivors have stepped forward with bravery to advocate for enduring change in this sport,” USA Gymnastics president Li Li Leung said in a statement after the settlement was approved. The move also forced the USOPC to halt the decertification process it began against USA Gymnastics.wftv.com
DOJ reviewing decision not to prosecute FBI agents in Larry Nassar investigation
Larry Nassar Larry Nassar sits in court listening to statements before being sentenced by Judge Janice Cunningham for three counts of criminal sexual assault in Eaton County Circuit Court on February 5, 2018 in Charlotte, Michigan. Nassar has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 150 girls and young women while he was a physician for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University. Last month, four elite gymnasts – Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman – testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about failures in the FBI’s investigation. >> Related: Simone Biles, other top gymnasts blast FBI for handling of Larry Nassar investigation“I blame Larry Nassar, and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetuated his abuse,” Biles said, adding that the FBI and gymnastics officials turned “a blind eye” to the abuse. … As long as I’m FBI director, I’m committed to doing everything in my power to make sure they never happen again.”©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Decision to not prosecute agents in Nassar case under review
The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday said it is reviewing an earlier decision to decline prosecution against two former FBI agents embroiled in the Larry Nassar sexual abuse cases after new information has emerged. While testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said the newly confirmed assistant attorney general for the department’s criminal division will be taking a second look at the FBI’s alleged failure to promptly address complaints made in 2015 against Nassar. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP, File) (Matthew Dae Smith)WASHINGTON — (AP) — The Justice Department said Tuesday that it is reviewing an earlier decision to decline prosecution against two former FBI agents embroiled in the Larry Nassar sexual abuse cases after new information has emerged. Last month's hearing was part of a congressional effort to hold the FBI accountable after multiple missteps in investigating the case, including delays that allowed the now-imprisoned Nassar to abuse other young gymnasts. Hundreds of girls and women have said Nassar sexually abused them under the guise of medical treatment when he worked for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.wftv.com
Eye Opener: U.S. gymnasts say FBI failed to protect them from sexual abuse
Multiple gymnasts give searing testimony about how the FBI and USA Gymnastics handled the Larry Nassar case. Also, SpaceX makes history with its latest launch. All that and all that matters in today’s Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds.news.yahoo.com
Simone Biles: “Entire system” failed to protect gymnasts from Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse
Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman all testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about enduring sexual abuse at the hands of the former doctor for USA Gymnastics, Larry Nassar, and about the FBI’s failure in investigating the case. Their testimony followed a scathing internal investigation report that found the FBI failed to properly investigate the case at many levels. pic.twitter.com/71rFCyYX0i — Samantha Manning (@SamManningNews) September 15, 2021Biles told lawmakers the FBI “turned a blind eye” to multiple reports of abuse. “I will persevere, but I never should have been left alone to suffer abuse by Larry Nassar,” said Biles. Wray told the Senate panel the lead FBI investigator has been fired and he said the FBI has since made policy and training changes.wftv.com
Simone Biles, other top gymnasts blast FBI for handling of Larry Nasser investigation
>> Read more trending newsSimone Biles, the most decorated gymnast of all time, said through tears that the FBI and gymnastics officials turned “a blind eye” to the abuse. “We suffered and continue to suffer because no one at the FBI, (USA Gymnastics) or the (United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee) did what was necessary to protect us.”WATCH: Simone Biles (@simone_biles) complete opening statement. pic.twitter.com/FoIubHMro0 — CSPAN (@cspan) September 15, 2021FBI Director Christopher Wray also appeared Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee and apologized to Nassar’s victims. pic.twitter.com/V6wNeU5Ow7 — CSPAN (@cspan) September 15, 2021Jay Abbott, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis office in 2015, has since retired, according to The Wall Street Journal. After the hearing, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., praised Biles, Maroney, Raisman and Nichols for their courage and strength in testifying Wednesday.wftv.com
Biles: FBI turned 'blind eye' to reports of gymnasts' abuse
(Saul Loeb/Pool via AP) (Saul Loeb)WASHINGTON — (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles told Congress through tears Wednesday 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. “I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse,” Biles said. Maroney said the FBI “minimized and disregarded” her after she reported Nassar and said the agency delayed the investigation as other gymnasts were abused. Among the missteps was a failure to conduct any investigative activity until more than a month after a meeting with USA Gymnastics. He applied for the job but didn’t get it and later retired from the FBI, the report said.wftv.com
Biles tells Congress 'enough is enough' after gymnast abuse
Nassar was charged in 2016 with federal child pornography offenses and sexual abuse charges in Michigan. (Saul Loeb/Pool via AP) (Saul Loeb)WASHINGTON — (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles told Congress on Wednesday that “enough is enough” in emotional testimony along with other young gymnasts about her sexual abuse at the hands of USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. Biles blamed not only the gymnastics organization but also federal law enforcement that “turned a blind eye” to the crimes as hundreds of young athletes were abused. “I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse,” Biles said through tears in her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Biles and Maroney were joined by Aly Raisman, another Olympic gold medalist, and gymnast Maggie Nicols.wftv.com
Simone Biles, other gymnasts to testify before Congress about Larry Nassar abuse
Simone Biles to testify Simone Biles, center, and the rest of the U.S. women's gymnastics team wait for their turn on vault during women's gymnastics podium training at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 22, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis/AP)Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman will testify Wednesday at a U.S. Senate hearing examining the FBI’s investigation of Larry Nassar, a USA Gymnastics doctor who was convicted of sexually abusing female athletes in his care. Horowitz released a 119-page report detailing the “numerous and fundamental errors” of the FBI’s handling of the Nassar case. According to Horowitz, the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office responded inadequately and slowly to the first accusations of sexual misconduct against Nassar. Failed to transfer the Nassar allegations to the FBI Lansing Resident Agency, where a venue most likely would have existed for potential federal crimes.wftv.com
USA Gymnastics eyes $425 million settlement with survivors
INDIANAPOLIS — (AP) — USA Gymnastics could be near the final stages of the legal fallout of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. “After extensive discussions, this plan has been jointly proposed by USA Gymnastics and the Committee, and it is supported by many of the involved insurers,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement. “We anticipate that this plan will be confirmed later this year and greatly appreciate all parties’ efforts to get to this point.”The proposal was put together by the USA Gymnastics and the Survivors Committee. Survivors have been in mediation with USA Gymnastics since the organization filed for bankruptcy in December 2018. USA Gymnastics president Li Li Leung expressed optimism during the U.S. Olympic Trials in June that mediation with the survivors would be completed by the end of the year.wftv.com
Judge orders Larry Nassar to turn over prison money to his victims
A federal judge on Thursday rejected former Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar's attempt to keep money in his prison account and ordered him to use it to pay his victims, the Washington Post reports.Driving the news: U.S. District Court Judge Janet T. Neff said that Nassar owes his victims much more than he paid — about $100 per year in court-ordered penalties — despite technically following the Bureau of Prisons’ rules. Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Marknews.yahoo.com
Justice Dept. bolsters monitoring of federal inmate accounts
The Justice Department is directing the federal prison system implement new procedures to monitor government-run prison deposit accounts that have at times been used by inmates to shield themselves from paying debts and for suspicious or illegal activity.
Texans QB’s sex assault cases highlight concerns amid #MeToo
Lawyers fighting sexual assault allegations against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson face a predicament: Defending their client means working to discredit the claims of 22 women who are more likely to be believed four years into the #MeToo movement.
Michigan attorney general ends campus probe tied to Nassar
(AP Photo/David Eggert, File)LANSING, Mich. – The investigation of Michigan State University's handling of disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar is over because the university has refused to provide thousands of documents related to the scandal, Michigan’s attorney general said Friday. Dana Nessel's announcement came after the university said it would not change its position that the documents are protected by attorney-client privilege. “The university’s refusal to voluntarily provide them closes the last door available to finish our investigation,” Nessel, a Democrat, said. Nassar was a campus doctor who is now serving decades in prison for sexual assault and child pornography crimes. Former gymnastics coach Kathie Klages was convicted of lying to investigators when she said she didn't get complaints about Nassar.
USC agrees to $852 million payout in sex abuse lawsuit
The University of Southern California has agreed to an $852 million settlement with more than 700 women who have accused Tyndall, the college's longtime campus gynecologist, of sexual abuse, officials announced Thursday, March 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)LOS ANGELES – The University of Southern California has agreed to an $852 million settlement with more than 700 women who have accused the college’s longtime campus gynecologist of sexual abuse, the victims’ lawyers and USC announced Thursday. Ad“I am deeply sorry for the pain experienced by these valued members of the USC community," USC President Carol L. Folt said in a statement. Separately, USC earlier agreed to pay $215 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that applies to about 18,000 women who were patients of Tyndall’s. The individual payouts to those victims range from $2,500 to $250,000, and were given regardless of whether the women formally accused Tyndall of harassment or assault.
Olympics gymnastics coach kills himself after being charged
FILE - In this March 3, 2012, file photo, gymnastics coach John Geddert is seen at the American Cup gymnastics meet at Madison Square Garden in New York. Prosecutors in Michigan filed charges Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, against Geddert, a former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar. "This is a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved," Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said. Nessel earlier announced that Geddert was charged with a bushel of crimes, including sexual assault, human trafficking and running a criminal enterprise. On his LinkedIn page, Geddert described himself as the “most decorated women’s gymnastics coach in Michigan gymnastics history.” He said his Twistars teams won 130 club championships.
Viral and vital, college gymnasts finding their voice
The social justice movement in college athletics has popped up in most unusual place: gymnastics. From UCLA to Pittsburgh, Black gymnasts and the programs they represent are using their platform to empower and uplift. Her experience at Arkansas was simply reflective of the culture at large in the sport at the time. From Pittsburgh to California, female gymnasts are using their platform to empower, educate and bring light to causes they believe in. “Personally I would say (gymnastics) is a predominantly white sport,” Ward said.
Pilots say they, too, were molested by Univ. of Michigan doc
Some pilots have emerged as victims of Anderson, a deceased doctor who worked for decades at the University of Michigan. (Robert Kalmbach/Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan via AP, File)DETROIT – A cargo pilot who regularly needed health checkups to keep his license contacted a University of Michigan doctor in 2000. He said Anderson told him to undress, put on a medical gown and get on a table, instead of simply checking the man's vision, hearing and heart. AdSince then, another category of victims has emerged: pilots in southeastern Michigan who needed physicals to get or maintain a license. There was no reason to cover this up.”In 2003, five years before his death, Anderson told the government that he was retiring because a stroke had greatly affected his right hand.
11 podcasts you should be listening to
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