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Larry Nassar Shocks in Jailhouse Interview

Seems he was never really sorry
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2018 5:05 PM CST
Updated Dec 24, 2018 12:21 AM CST
Special counsel Bill Forsyth, right, answers questions, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, during a press conference in Lansing, Mich., as Assistant Attorney General Christina Grossi listens.   (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)
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(Newser) – A scathing new report paints Larry Nassar as unrepentant and Michigan State University as dodging the long arm of the law, CNN reports. Released Friday, the Michigan Attorney General's Office report is an update on its probe into MSU's handling of Nassar's shocking history of sexual abuse. The former MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor, now serving 175 years for abusing hundreds of girls and women, was said to be "defiant" and "unrepentant" in a jailhouse interview. "It immediately became clear that his statements of remorse in the courtroom were a farce," per the report. Nassar apparently maintained that his treatments were all medical, and he only pleaded guilty after police found "reams of child pornography in his possession."

The report also accuses MSU of trying to sabotage the investigation by fighting the release of pertinent documents and "drowning investigators" in useless ones, NBC News reports. "Both then and now, MSU has fostered a culture of indifference toward sexual assault, motivated by its desire to protect its reputation," per the report by special counsel Bill Forsyth. Eleven employees at MSU apparently failed to report Nassar's sexual abuse and either "downplayed its seriousness or affirmatively discouraged the survivors from proceeding with their allegation." For its part, MSU says the state has found no further criminal conduct despite seeing "more than a half million documents and interviewing 500 people." (One lawsuit claims MSU knew about a videotape of Nassar raping a teenage girl.)

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