Aly Raisman recounts FBI agent 'diminishing' her abuse when she reported Nassar

The Olympic gold medalist is calling for an independent investigation into the mishandling of abuse claims against Larry Nassar.

9/16/2021 7:46:00 PM

Retired Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman has called for an independent investigation into the handling of sexual abuse allegations against Larry Nassar by the FBI, recounting on TODAYShow how an FBI agent kept 'diminishing' her reports of abuse.

The Olympic gold medalist is calling for an independent investigation into the mishandling of abuse claims against Larry Nassar.

Raisman, 27, was one of four elite gymnasts whotestified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee,joining Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Maggie Nichols in decrying the FBI for not investigating the sexual abuse accusations against the former USA Gymnastics team doctor earlier.

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She described requesting not to be interviewed by the FBI in the presence of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and having that rejected. She also said her accusations against Nassar were not taken seriously and that she didn't feel supported when going into"graphic detail" about her abuse to an FBI agent.

Sept. 15, 202107:50"The agent just kept diminishing my abuse and telling me that he didn't feel like it was that big of a deal and maybe I should drop the case," she told Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie on"TODAY" on Thursday."It was just not a good experience, and listening to McKayla Maroney's testimony was just gut-wrenching to hear her experience as well. It's devastating."

Nassar is serving up to 175 yearsin prison after pleading guilty to abusing 10 of the more than 265 accusers who came forward. The FBI didn't open an investigation into Nassar until almost a year after first learning of the accusations, and it's estimated that the doctor abused another 70 gymnasts during that time.

"I began crying at the memory over the phone and there was just dead silence," Maroney said in her testimony Wednesday."I was so shocked at the agent's silence and disregard for my trauma. After that minute of silence, he asked, 'Is that all?'"

Raisman called for an independent investigation into ties between the FBI, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee in relation to their handling of the case. FBI Director Chris Wray, who was not in charge of the bureau at the time, told the Senate committee Wednesday that of the two agents who lied about their actions, one has retired and the other has been fired.

Sept. 16, 202103:09"In order for us to be confident this won't happen again, we need a full and complete independent investigation, and we need to look at how the FBI, USOPC and USA Gymnastics, the interplay among all three organizations," Raisman said.

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"The senators seemed to be very validating and very supportive of us, which we are very grateful for, and my question to them is if they can help us and if they can get those investigations rolling for us because we've been asking for them for years," she continued."Why did this person get to retire? What did they do that the FBI felt was not OK that they had to let them go? Why did they get to slip out the back door like so many others have?"

Biles held back tears during her testimony as she pleaded for similar accountability."I don't want another young gymnast, Olympic athlete or any individual to experience the horror that I and hundreds of others have endured before, during and continuing to this day in the wake of the Larry Nassar abuse," she said.

Raisman also noted that Justice Department officials who have refused to charge the two former FBI agents for lying about what they did were not in attendance Wednesday. Read more: MSNBC »

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