He also said that Mr. Abbott raped the F.BI. politics when he spoke with Steve Penny, then president and CEO of USA Gymnastics, about potential employment opportunities with the US Olympic Committee, even as the two discussed the allegations against Mr. Nassar. Mr Abbott then applied for a job with the USOC, but twice lied to the Inspector General about his job search.
The Justice Department refused to prosecute Abbott, who retired in January 2018, and an anonymous Special Surveillance Agent in Indianapolis in September 2020, according to the report.
Mr Abbott has reviewed the report, according to his attorney, Josh Minkler. “Mr. Abbott thanks the law enforcement officers and prosecutors who brought Larry Nassar to justice,” Minkler said in a statement. “Mr. Abbott hopes that the brave victims of the horrific crime of Nassar find peace.
For Rachael Denhollander, a lawyer and former gymnast who was the first person to publicly accuse Mr. Nassar of assault, the details of the report showed “an incredibly deep level of betrayal” that came as no surprise.
“When I came forward, I expected several levels of botched investigation and cover-up because that’s what survivors face,” she said, adding that she assumed Mr. Nassar abused other women because he had worked with the national team for four years before abusing him, and she knew how abusers worked.
“This is what the survivors are facing,” she said. “And they are constantly asked the question, ‘Why don’t the survivors report?’ That is why. “