UPDATE: Court is hearing from Nassar sex assault accusers

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, file photo, Dr. Larry Nassar listens to testimony of a witness during a preliminary hearing, in Lansing, Mich. The former sports doctor at Michigan State University who specialized in treating gymnasts has been charged with sexual assault. Dr. Nassar was charged Wednesday, Feb. 22, in two Michigan counties. Online records show he's facing nine charges in Ingham county, including first-degree criminal sexual conduct against a victim under age 13. Nassar had a clinic at Michigan State, where he treated members of the gymnastics team and younger regional gymnasts. (Robert Killips/Lansing State Journal via AP, File)

UPDATE (11:15 a.m.) – The court is taking a break for lunch until 12:30 p.m.


MASON, Mich. (AP) – A former gymnast has testified that a Michigan sports doctor brazenly molested her when she was 15, at a hearing to determine if he will face trial on sexual assault charges.

Rachael Denhollander had chronic back problems in 2000 when she went to see Dr. Larry Nassar at Michigan State University. She testified Friday that he assaulted her with his hands on many visits while her mother was in the room.

Denhollander says it was “humiliating.” But the 32-year-old says she trusted Nassar because he worked for USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

Nassar is charged with sexually assaulting seven gymnasts at his Michigan State clinic. He’s pleaded not guilty.

UPDATE (9:15 a.m.) – The testimony has begun in the Larry Nassar case. 6 News reporter Alexandra Ilitch is inside the courtroom and is live-tweeting to @WLNS throughout the day.


Rachel Denhollander is on the stand and she was 15 years old during the time she is describing in court.

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – The on-going Larry Nassar case takes another step today in court.

Today several women and girls, accusing the former MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor of sexual assault, are scheduled to testify inside an Ingham County courtroom.

After hearing testimony from at least seven women, including a few minors, a judge will decide whether or not there’s enough evidence to move forward to trial.

Nassar faces 23 Criminal Sexual Conduct-1st degree charges.

One of the women expected to take the stand is Rachel Denhollander, the former gymnast who first brought her story of abuse to an Indianapolis newspaper in 2016.

To date, more than 90 women are suing the former doctor and Michigan State University, Nassar’s former employer.

Administrators fired Nassar in September of last year after complaints launched two separate investigations in 2014 and 2016.

According to university police over 100 people have filed complaints against the former doctor and tell us that the list continues to grow.

Throughout this process Doctor Nassar maintains his innocence, saying he was using accepted medical procedures.

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