Ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar gives up right to defend himself against certain allegations
Ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar will no longer defend himself against the allegations of sexual assault listed in a civil complaint from 20 of the plaintiffs, according to a press release from Mick S. Grewal, an attorney in the case. His office represents 28 survivors.
In his failure to respond to the complaint, Nassar defaults, or gives up this right to defend himself against the allegations.
"Today, in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Michigan, a default was entered deeming the complaint against Nassar on behalf of the 20 victims admitted," the press release states.
Nassar is accused of sexually abusing his patients and other young women with whom he came into contact. He was arrested in December 2016 on charges of possessing "at least 37,000" images of child pornography.
Many of the allegations listed in the civil case include Nassar's actions of touching and penetration without the use of gloves of the plaintiffs in this case, as well as a lack of informed consent, sexual assault in his home and digital penetration among other actions.
Larissa Boyce, a plaintiff in the case, stated in the press release she was silenced by MSU.
"I only wish that all the adults and staff who knew about his conduct over the years including (MSU Gymnastics) Coach Klages and all MSU physicians at the clinical center, did something about it. They should have reported Nassar's conduct so that all these other young women could have been spared this trauma."