Former USA Gymnastics Team physician Larry Nassar has penned a six-page letter complaining that listening to victim testimonies was too difficult for him, NBC News reports. He is accused of sexually abusing more than 140 female patients.
Last week, dozens of victims began taking the stand to give powerful victim statements. About 120 victims and family members were expected to speak about the impact Nassar’s actions had on their lives.
In a letter to County Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, Nassar stated that “listening to impact statements is detrimental to his mental health.”
Aquilina was not impressed.
“Writing this mumbo-jumbo… it doesn’t help you, sir.”
She was, however, entertained, which she expressed in court while reading various portions of the letter aloud.
Aquilina had this response: “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.”
Nassar wrote that listening to the victim statements is bad for his health, pointing to the fact that he passed out twice before his federal sentencing on child pornography charges. For those charges, he received 60 years in prison. He has not yet been sentenced for molestation charges.
In his letter, 54-year-old Nassar also attacked Aquilina, accusing her of seeking media attention. He called the victim statements “media circus.”
“Aquilina is allowing them all to talk,” part of Nassar’s letter states. “She wants me to sit in the witness box next to her for all four days so the media cameras will be directed at her.”
Nassar has pleaded guilty to molesting seven girls. Part of that plea agreement is to let his accusers read impact statements to him. One woman who spoke during the four days of victim testimony blamed Larry Nassar for the suicide death of her father.
Kyle Stephens stated that Nassar was a friend of her family. She said he began molesting her when she was only six.
“You convinced my parents that I was a liar,” Stephens said. “Little girls don’t stay little forever. They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world.”
Stephens went on to say that when her father found out that she was not lying, he committed suicide.
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