More than 90 women who have accused former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse are suing the FBI for what they said was its failure to pursue information pertaining to his abuse, The New York Times and the Associated Press reported.
The women plan to file their lawsuits on Wednesday, The Times reported.
Nassar is accused of molesting hundreds of women and girls, and is currently in prison. In January 2018, he was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison on sexual-assault charges. He was also sentenced to 60 years in prison for child-pornography charges in a separate case in 2017.
The plaintiffs in the incoming lawsuits include Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, all of whom won Olympic medals for the US in gymnastics, The Times and the AP reported.
The FBI in September fired an agent who failed to pursue tips about alleged sexual abuse by Nassar.
But the Justice Department announced last month that two former agents would not be prosecuted after they were accused of bungling the FBI’s investigation into Nassar.
Maroney said in a statement, according to The Times: “My fellow survivors and I were betrayed by every institution that was supposed to protect us — the US Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, the FBI and now the Department of Justice.
“It is clear that the only path to justice and healing is through the legal process.”
“It is time for the FBI to be held accountable,” said Maggie Nichols, a national champion gymnast at Oklahoma, according to the AP.