Simone Biles to testify in the Senate on sexual abuse investigation


American Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles and Aly Raisman will testify this Wednesday about the sexual abuse who suffered at the hands of US gymnastics physician Larry Nassar, as the US Senate assesses why the FBI failed to investigate the crimes.

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Biles and Raisman will appear on the Senate Judiciary Committee alongside former Olympic teammate McKayla Maroney and former gymnast Maggie Nichols, who was the first victim to report the abuse to USA Gymnastics.

The hearing comes after Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a scathing report in July in which he criticized the FBI for jeopardizing its investigation into a series of errors that allowed the abuse to continue for months.

Horowitz will also testify on Wednesday, as will FBI Director Chris Wray, who must face severe bipartisan questions about why the agents who undermined the investigation were never prosecuted for their misconduct.

The FBI investigation into Nassar began in July 2015 after USA Gymnastics President Stephen Penny reported the allegations to the FBI office in Indianapolis and provided agents with the names of three victims willing to be questioned.