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Larry Nassar accuses choose of operating a 'media circus'

19 January, 2018, 01:57 | Author: Christina Hansen
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"She wants me to sit in the witness box next to her for all four days so the media cameras will be directed toward her", Nassar wrote in the letter, according to the reading by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina.After reading parts of the letter, the judge defended her role in conducting the victim impact statements.Nassar, the former renowned doctor for USA Gymnastics, pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County in MI.

As of Thursday, a total of 105 victims are expected to tell their emotional stories during a four-day sentencing hearing of how Nassar sexually abused them.

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina scolded Nassar while reading excerpts of the letter aloud, saying his four-day sentencing could not compare to the lives he ruined.

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More than 140 female athletes, including several Olympic gold medalists, say Nassar sexually abused them, but not all of the people impacted were personally sexually abused by him.

His sentencing hearing is ongoing, with a almost unprecedented litany of victim's statements being delivered in court; we talked about one fantastic display of strength from a victim yesterday.

"As it turns out, much to my demise, Larry Nassar was not a doctor".

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Maroney is among more than 120 women who have accused the 54-year-old serial sexual abuser of assault. "She basically said she didn't think she could fit it in her schedule". He was already handed a 60-year sentence after he pleaded guilty to separate child porn charges in December. "But nothing is as harsh as what your victims endured for thousands of hours at your hands", the judge said. She spoke to the court Thursday and called Simon, among others who allegedly failed to stop Nassar during the last quarter century, "cowards". "No one should have to go back there after so many of us were abused there", she said.

A prosecutor read a statement from McKayla Maroney, who won gold and silver medals at the 2012 Olympics.

Maroney had sharp words for Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee for not investigating Nassar sooner. He also was team doctor at USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. That brings the total number testifying to 105 but judge Aquilina said there's no cap to the number of victims who can testify. She dismissed it as "mumbo jumbo".

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