On Wednesday, Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in jail for criminal sexual conduct - adding to a previous child pornography conviction of 60 years. Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis addresses Circuit Judge Janice Cunningham in Eaton County Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, where former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
The letter contained such gems as "The media convinced them everything I did was wrong", and "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned". "I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days". Aquilina said: "It is my honor and privilege to sentence you". Aquilina openly conveyed her disgust with Nassar during the proceedings, drawing much praise on social media and inspiring headlines like "Judge Aquilina is the flawless heroine for this moment in the #MeToo movement".
"As leader of the university, President Simon is inherently responsible for perpetuating a sick culture that allowed a predator to continue molesting new young women and girls while also forcing his past victims to endure their suffering in silence".
In the letter, Nassar griped about the federal sentence he received, writing it was "not proper, appropriate, fair", according to what Aquilina read.
"We are both appalled by the actions of those who hurt you and deeply saddened by your suffering", it read.
The head of the U.S. Olympic Committee and numerous sexual assault survivors are now calling on all USA Gymnastics directors to resign in the wake of what's being described as the worst sexual abuse scandal in U.S. sports history.
The goal of this message is to tell all of Nassar's victims and survivors, directly, how incredibly sorry we are.
In 1997, a high school gymnast injured at a Michigan State youth gymnastics program told Spartans gymnastics coach Kathie Klages that she was abused by Nassar when she went to him for treatment.
"I wouldn't send my dogs to you, sir", she said. You see, Larry Nassar had more than one accomplice. "Whether or not anyone would feel safe enough to come forward - that was the wild card".
For years, Nassar served in an official capacity for USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University and a well-known private gymnastics club. Simon says she's pleased that trustees and the attorney leading MSU's review have made statements "about my integrity and the fact that there is no cover-up".
In an open letter, USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun said the third party probe would seek to establish "who knew what and when" and how "abuse of this proportion could have gone undetected for so long". These people need to step up.
A Detroit News investigation found that in the past two decades, eight women reported Nassar's sexual abuse and at least 14 MSU representatives were aware of those allegations. You could have taken yourself away from temptation and you did not, but worse yet, there isn't a survivor who hasn't come in here and said how world-renowned you were. "He will no longer have the power to steal our happiness or joy".
"I do want to thank you, Judge Aquilina, for giving us our voices", Denhollander began. I take solace that many victims have indicated that the opportunity to confront Nassar is a step toward healing.
There were so many women speaking against him in court that Nassar complained to Judge Aquilina at one point, bemoaning the weight of so many statements on his mental state. And on Wednesday, she was the last of 156 women to appear in an Ingham County Circuit Court in MI to tell her story.