Nassar told officials he argued with former USA Gymnastics President over medical care issues

Former MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor appears in court

EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) – A Michigan State University investigation has ended and school officials say former MSU doctor Larry Nassar did sexually assault a teenager back in the year 2000.

The report was released by the lawyers for Rachel Denhollander who say Nassar abused her when she was getting treatment for back pain.

Based on interviews from several people including Denhollander and Nassar, the report found that Nassar did not have consent to touch her sexually.

In an interview done days before MSU fired him, Nassar said he couldn’t recall visits with the then, teen gymnast and denied doing anything improper.

 

The results of this Title IX investigation is the second one the university conducted on Nassar but attorneys said while there are similar allegations raised in this nvestigation, when compared to the one in 2014, the conclusions are very different.

According to the report, Nassar admitted to not using gloves because he does not go into the patients vagina or rectal area.

He said the only time he would wear gloves is if he is going “inside.”

A doctor who went to medical school with Nassar was also interviewed. He is quoted saying that he knows that Nassar does not go internal based on discussions they have had, but Nassar did contribute to a medical textbook in which he described the procedure and said penetration might sometimes be necessary.

And according to the report, MSU is not the only organization that had questions about Nassar’s techniques.

Nassar told the MSU investigator he had arguments with the president of USA Gymnastics over medical care issues and that the group tried to force Nassar out for three years.

Nassar left the organization in 2015, and that president of USA Gymnastics resigned last week.

Rachael Denhollander reacting to the conclusion of this report.

”I am grateful for a Title IX investigator that is dedicated to the truth,” Denhollander said. “But I’m also very grieved that it took 20 years. The first time an MSU official was notified that Nassar was doing intravaginal penetration was as far as we know, as 1997.”

This report comes more than two years after another Title IX investigation by MSU, which involves similar allegations against Nassar.

Nassar was cleared by the university and given a set of new guidelines to follow from the dean of osteopathic medicine.

Nassar was fired by the university in September of 2016 after university officials say he admitted to not following them.

That’s why Denhollander’s attorney says this shouldn’t be left in the university’s hands.

“There’s been implications from Nassar’s attorneys and others at Michigan State that somehow this is just a misunderstanding and that he was doing innovative treatment,” California based attorney John Manly said. “And what Michigan State’s own investigator now says is that’s total nonsense. It also in my view makes crystal clear the need for an independent investigation by the Attorney General and the FBI.”

6 News reached out to MSU for a response, but the university does not comment on Title IX reports.

To date, nearly 80 plaintiffs have been added to an ongoing federal civil suit against Nassar and MSU.

On top of the civil lawsuits, Nassar faces more than 20 charges of first degree criminal sexual conduct at the state level.

He also faces federal child pornography charges and law enforcement officials say more than 90 people have filed complaints against Nassar since September.

Throughout all of this, Nassar has maintained his innocence in both state and federal court and says the treatments he performed on his patients were accepted medical techniques.

 

 

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