UPDATE: MSU fires doctor facing sexual assault allegations

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UPDATE Thursday Sept. 22 – A former Michigan State University faculty member is speaking out tonight after two athletes he treated say he sexually abused them.

Dr. Larry Nassar, a former doctor for USA Gymnastics faces a lawsuit and at least one criminal investigation by athletes who says he assaulted them during physical examinations.

Nassar is defending the techniques he claims he used to treat the athletes.

His attorney says in a statement “these techniques are medically accepted and appropriate treatments, according to doctors who practice osteopathic manual medicine. Any allegations that Dr. Nassar was performing these procedures for any purpose other than proper medical treatment are patently false and untrue.”

6 News has learned there have been more complaints about Dr. Nassar reported to the Ingham County Prosecutor’s office since then.

Right now Dr. Nassar is not facing any criminal charges.

EAST LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Michigan State University officials have confirmed that a university doctor has been fired amid allegations of sexual assaults.

Dr. Larry Nassar had been an associate professor in MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine until August 30 when his patient and clinical duties were taken away.

He had a long history as USA Gymnastics’ team physician during four Olympic Games.

According to university spokesman Jason Cody Dr. Nassar was formally fired today.

In a release the university said that over the past week, there has been “additional information received that raised serious concerns about Nassar’s compliance with certain employment requirements”.

The university has revealed that in 2014 MSU authorities investigated a complaint of misconduct against Larry Nassar.

The complaint, filed by a recent female MSU graduate at the time, involved an allegation of abuse during a medical procedure. No charges resulted from the investigation.

Last week two former gymnasts, including an Olympic medalists, sued Nassar and USA Gymnastics in California alleging that the doctor molested them during treatments in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Nassar has also served as team physician for Holt High School gymnastics and Twistars Gymnastics Club.

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