Motion filed to add current MSU athlete to Nassar lawsuit
A motion has been filed to add a current MSU athlete as a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit against former MSU employee Larry Nassar.
If the motion is successful, the lawsuit will have 23 plaintiffs.
Nassar is accused of using his position as a doctor to sexually abuse his patients, including MSU student-athletes and members of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Team. He has been charged with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with at least one victim younger than 13.
Nassar was arrested in December on charges of possessing “at least 37,000” images of child pornography. Some of the images show Nassar sexually assaulting young girls, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The motion, filed on Friday, alleges that an MSU representative told the plaintiff and her teammates not to respond to questions about Nassar from the police or the media. According to the motion, MSU athletes were told that their phones would be checked by university representatives to ensure they didn’t speak about Nassar, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The motion also alleges that the athlete’s coach told parents that Nassar might have been framed, and that Nassar’s practice of digitally penetrating patients’ vaginas with an ungloved hand and without their consent “was a proven medical treatment.”
Lawyers in a separate case filed against Nassar dispute the claims that Nassar’s “intravaginal adjustments” served a medical purpose, calling the procedure a “fictitious guise.”
“These vaginal examinations were well outside any recognized and/or accepted technique and were done for Nassar’s own sexual gratification,” according to the lawsuit.
MSU has been named as a defendant in the lawsuit for gross negligence and violations of Title IX, among other charges.
Nassar’s federal trial before a jury begins on Feb. 21.