Former Olympic Doctor Larry Nassar Confronted by Sexual Assault Victims in Court
Nearly 150 victims have come forward in court to testify against Larry Nassar for charges of sexual assault. Larry Nassar is a former doctor for USA Gymnastics and a sports medicine physician at Michigan State University. In November he pleaded guilty to charges of criminal sexual conduct and child pornography.
Several of the victims are well known U.S. Olympians, including Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, and Jordan Wieber.
(Olympic Gold Medalists Aly Raisman and Jordan Wieber wait in court to make statements against former USA Gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar from USA Today)
Jordan Wieber is the most recent Olympian to speak on the issue stating, "I thought that training for the Olympics would be hardest thing I would ever have to do. But the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do is process that I am a victim of Larry Nassar.”
Jordan Wieber, a 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, believes those authorizing the USA Gymnastics team are partially to blame. Nassar was given permission to treat gymnasts in hotel rooms, at national training camps, and other venues, often being alone with the athletes.
In November, Aly Raisman, one of the most accomplished American gymnasts of all time stated that she was a victim of Sexual abuse. Raisman has won six Olympic medals, three of them gold, and was a captain of the U.S. teams that showed great success during the last two Summer Games.
In an interview with 60 Minutes correspondent Jonathon Lapook, Raisman said that she was sexually assaulted while competing for the U.S. National team.
Aly Raisman: I was in denial. I was like, "I don't thi-- I d-- I don't even know what to think." It-- you don't wanna let yourself believe but, you know, I am-- I am-- I am a victim of-- of sexual abuse. Like, it's really not an easy thing to let yourself believe that.
Jon LaPook: You're saying you were sexually abused.
Aly Raisman: Yes. Absolutely.
Jon LaPook: By the National Team doctor.
Aly Raisman: Yes.
Jon LaPook: While you were out there representing your country.
Aly Raisman: Yes.
In court on Friday, Ally Raisman confronted Nassar in person:
"Lying on my stomach with you on my bed insisting that your inappropriate touch would help heal my pain. The reality is you caused me a great deal of physical, mental and emotional pain,"“You know what Larry? I have power and voice. All these brave women have a voice and we will use our voices to make sure you get what you deserve,” she said.
Victims of Nassar are still coming forward, but Nassar is expected to learn his punishment, after all of the statements have been completed.
The Michigan Attorney General's office is pushing for a 40-year sentence. Nasser has already been sentenced to 60 years for child pornography charges. Those numbers could increase by next week.