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Larry Nassar Doesn't Want to Listen to Victim Statements

Former USA Gymnastics doctor says it's too hard
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2018 5:58 PM CST
Larry Nassar Doesn't Want to Listen to Victim Statements
MSU student and former gymnast Christine Harrison gives her victim impact statement Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, during the third day of victim impact statements regarding Larry Nassar, who pled guilty to seven counts of sexual assault in Ingham County and three in Eaton County.   (Matthew Dae Smith /Lansing State Journal via AP)

(Newser) – The former USA Gymnastics doctor accused of sexually abusing more than 140 girls and women is being forced to listen to most of his accusers share their stories during sentencing this week, and he's not happy about it. NBC News reports Larry Nassar complained to Judge Rosemarie Aquilina in a six-page letter, accusing her of turning his sentencing into a "media circus" and claiming she's only giving more than 100 of his accusers a chance to speak "so the media cameras will be directed at her."

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After reading parts of his letter aloud in court Thursday, the judge responded: "Spending four or five days listening to them is significantly minor considering the hours of pleasure you had at their expense and ruining their lives." Meanwhile, ESPN reports USA Gymnastics will no longer train at Karolyi Ranch where multiple instances of Nassar's alleged abuse occurred. (Read more Larry Nassar stories.)

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