McKayla Maroney expressed her gratitude to her friends and fellow victims who testified after she demanded justice for the botched Larry Nassar probe.
McKayla Maroney didn’t have to say much more than what she shared on Wednesday evening because a picture is worth a thousand words.
McKayla, 25, uploaded images of herself with the other three women that testified in front of Congress: Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, and Maggie Nichols, only hours after she testified about the FBI’s mismanagement of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse investigation. Simone, Aly, Maggie, and McKayla, all 24, were photographed seated in front of a crackling fireplace, enjoying a moment of sisterhood together.
After a long day, McKayla captioned the photo with a black heart emoji, expressing her appreciation for these women.
— mckayla (@McKaylaMaroney) September 16, 2021
The four gymnasts spoke earlier in the day (Sept. 15) before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about the Justice Department and FBI’s investigation into the abuse allegations against Larry Nassar. “USA Gymnastics, in collaboration with the FBI and the Olympic Committee,” McKayla claimed, was “working together to conceal Larry Nassar’s predatory behavior.”
McKayla claimed that after telling the FBI about her assault in 2015, the agency not only didn’t disclose it, but also “made wholly false assertions about what I stated” when they finally documented her report 17 months later.
“This was very blatant, cookie-cutter pedophilia and abuse,” she claimed. “I informed the FBI all of this, and they chose to falsify my report and not just diminish my abuse but also silence me yet again,” she said. “They did nothing despite having legal, real evidence of child abuse. I’d like to know who they’re attempting to protect if they’re not going to protect me.”
During her teary and emotional testimony, Simone said, “I sit before you today to raise my voice so that no child girl must face what I, the athletes at this table, and the countless others who needlessly suffered under Nassar’s guise of medical care, which we continue to bear today.” “Nassar belongs in prison, but those who helped him should be held accountable. If they aren’t, I am confident that this will continue to occur in other Olympic sports.
Following the release of the OIG Report, it appears that the FBI turned a blind eye to us and went out of its way to protect USAG and the USOPC. A message must be sent: allowing a predator to hurt children will result in rapid and harsh consequences. “I’ve had enough.”
Nassar admitted to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct in 2018. He was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in jail in January of that year after more than 150 women and girls testified in court that he sexually molested them.
He was sentenced to an additional 40 to 125 years in prison the following February after pleading guilty to three further counts of sexual assault.