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Simone Biles' scathing testimony was a warning about power and complicity
In a Senate hearing Wednesday, Biles and several fellow gymnasts called out the FBI, USA Gymnastics and Olympic officials for ignoring sexual abuse in what Biles described as '...largest case of sexual abuse in the history of American sport'. In their testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, several current and former U.S. gymnasts outlined sexual abuse they suffered from former team doctor Larry Nassar, and they condemned people and institutions who they said ignored their pleas for help.
The hearing was a follow-up to a Department of Justice report released in July that found FBI officials exhibited "extremely poor judgment" during the Nassar investigation. In response to the report, the FBI called its employees' actions as "inexcusable" and "appalling."
Nassar pleaded guilty in 2017 to abusing 10 of the more than 265 women and girls who have come forward to say they were molested. He is serving up to 175 years in prison.