Larry Nassar said - it is very hard to listen victims statement - Big religion

Larry Nassar said - it is very hard to listen victims statement - Big religion.
Larry Nassar


Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastic team doctor accused of sexually abusing more than 140 girls and women, was rebuked for a half hour during his sentencing hearing on Thursday after telling a judge that it was too difficult for him to listen to the victim impact statements.
●Victim statements continue on third day of sentencing hearing•
●Nassar rebuked after saying it was too hard to listen to victims•
●Recess called after onlooker reportedly vomited in courtroom•
Larry Nassar
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina read the six-page, single-spaced letter aloud in court on Thursday, in which Nassar stated he feared for his mental health amid the parade of victims speaking out against him and accused the judge of grandstanding and turning the hearing into a “media circus” by placing him in the witness box to face his victims in view of the cameras.
Megan Halicek went to Dr. Larry Nassar as a 15-year-old gymnast suffering from a fractured spine. But during what was supposed to be a routine appointment, Nassar assaulted her: “Again and again and again,” Halicek testified in court on Tuesday, “he abused me, all the while telling me stories about his Olympic journey.”


“I closed my eyes tight, I held my breath, and I wanted to puke,” she recalled. “To this day, those feelings are still there.”
This week, Halicek, and nearly 100other women, came forward in court to testify at sentencing hearings about Nassar, a former doctor for USA Gymnastics and sports medicine physician at Michigan State University who has pleaded guilty to charges of criminal sexual conduct and child pornography.
Among the victims are decorated US Olympians, including Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, and Simone Biles. But the majority were not famous competitors. They were students and young female athletes — gymnasts, dancers, and volleyball players. Nassar’s reputation as a well-connected, talented doctor won their trust. It also helped secure their silence.
“Spending four or five days listening to them is minor, considering the hours of pleasure you’ve had at their expense, ruining their lives,” Aquilina said.
Nassar, who last month was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison in a separate case regarding child abuse images, faces an additional minimum sentence of 25 to 40 years after admitting to molesting girls at Michigan State University and his homeunder the guise of medical treatment.
Jamie Dantzscher, a 2000 Olympic bronze medalist who was one of the first women to publicly accuse the longtime team doctor, described her struggles with “anorexia, bulimia, and depression so severe that I was hospitalized for attempting suicide”, saying she never understood why she was struggling but realized after speaking with a friend that Nassar’s “treatments” constituted abuse.

Jordyn Wieber is the fourth member of the Fierce Five, the winning 2012 Summer Olympics squad, to accuse him.
She joins teammates Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney, who all said Nassar, 54, molested them.
More than 100 victims have come forward. Nassar admitted 10 criminal counts and could face life in prison.
In emotional testimony, 22-year-old Ms Wieber delivered her statement in court near Lansing, Michigan, on Friday.
"I thought that training for the Olympics would be the hardest thing that I would ever have to do," she said.
Jordyn Wieber is the fourth member of the Fierce Five, the winning 2012 Summer Olympics squad, to accuse him.
She joins teammates Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney, who all said Nassar, 54, molested them.
More than 100 victims have come forward. Nassar admitted 10 criminal counts and could face life in prison.
In emotional testimony, 22-year-old Ms Wieber delivered her statement in court near Lansing, Michigan, on Friday.

"I thought that training for the Olympics would be the hardest thing that I would ever have to do," she said.
Larry Nassar


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