Since more than 100 women gave statements at Olympics doctor Larry Nassar’s sentencing hearing last week, at least 20 more women have come forward to allege they, too, were abused by Nassar, MLive.com reports. Michigan State University Police plans to assign more officers to the case to handle the increase in complaints.
Michigan Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis called the influx of previously unreported incidents “fluid,” saying alleged victims were calling her office as well as the MSU police. Not only has there been an increase in reported assaults, but women have also now asked to speak at Nassar’s sentencing. At the beginning of the hearing, Povilaitis had 88 victims lined up to speak. As of yesterday, 144 were set to give statements in court.
"I start to cry whenever Angela says, 'This woman has decided to be publicly identified,'" Rachael Denhollander, the first woman who used her name to come forward about Nassar, told MLive.com. "I know what a difficult decision that is, and I am grateful that so many feel safe enough to do that.”
This news comes days after Nassar accused Judge Rosemarie Aquilina of conducting a “media circus" with his highly publicized trial. In the same letter, Nassar told the judge he didn’t think he’d be able to mentally face witnesses reading statements against him in court. Aquilina dismissed Nassar’s request to be excused from listening to victims’ statements.
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