In a letter submitted to his judge on January 18th, accused serial molester Larry Nassar said that listening to the impact statements of his alleged victims is “detrimental to his mental health.”
Nassar, a disgraced former sports doctor, has pleaded guilty to molesting seven girls during his medical practice with Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics. The prosecution alleged that he assaulted his victims, mostly female athletes, under the guise of giving them medical help. Over 140 women have accused him of sexual assault, and Judge Rosemarie Aquilina permitted them all to speak during the trial.
In a six-page, handwritten note that Nassar gave Judge Aquilina on January 18th, he accused the judge of putting on a “’four-day media circus” for her own personal gain. “Aquilina is allowing them all to talk,” Nassar said, in his letter. “She wants me to sit in the witness box next to her for all four days so the media cameras will be directed at her.” He also claimed that “listening to impact statements is detrimental to his mental health.”
Judge Aquilina read the note out to the courtroom, then gave a ten-minute response where she refuted Nassar’s complaints. “This isn’t worth the paper it’s written on, there’s no truth in there, it’s delusional,” she said, before pointing out that he agreed to listen to all the victims’ statements as part of his plea deal. Responding to his accusations of dragging out the case longer than necessary, she reiterated that she would continue the case until every woman accusing him of sexual assault got to speak. “’I don’t have a dog in this fight, sir,” she said. “I didn’t want even one victim to lose their voice.”
But Aquilina reserved her harshest criticism for Nassar’s complaints about his mental health. “You may find it harsh that you are here listening. But nothing is as harsh than what your victims endured for thousands of hours at your hands,” she said. “Spending four or five days listening to them is significantly minor considering the hours of pleasure you’ve had at their expense.” She also mentioned that she had cut the previous day’s court session short so that Nassar could speak to mental health professionals, and asked if they had recommended accommodations for him. He said that they had not.
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