A new lawsuit is filed against Larry Nassar

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A new lawsuit is filed against Larry Nassar

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Justin Dinis, Staff Reporter

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On Monday September 10th, Erika Davis, a former Michigan State University field hockey player, filed a lawsuit against Larry Nassar in United States District Court in Michigan. In the lawsuit, Davis accuses Nassar of drugging and raping her on camera in 1992 during a medical examination, which subsequently ended up with Davis becoming pregnant.

Nassar is accused of sexually abusing more than 265 young women under the facade of medical treatment, stemming from his early career at Michigan State University into his Olympic one.

Some names include Mckayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas. Nassar has been sentenced to three concurrent prison sentences over the past year on child pornography and child sexual abuse charges. Nassar has tried to appeal all three sentences but to no avail.

After hurting her knee while playing field hockey for M.S.U, Davis went to see Nassar for a medical examination where Nassar gave Davis an inappropriate breast examination. Afterwards, Nassar told Davis to return one week later for a complete medical examination.

Davis was only 17-years-old at the time.

When Davis met Nassar the week after her first medical exam, she was greeted with a camera set up to record. Nassar then gave Davis a drink which contained a crushed-up pill, rendering Davis unconscious. When Davis came to her senses, she found Nassar in the middle of raping her.

After the rape, Davis took a pregnancy test and the result was positive. She later miscarried.

In October of 1992, Davis went to the Michigan State University police department to report the rape. The police told her she had to report the crime to the athletic department, since she was an athlete. The report was later dismissed.

“Given the response by defendants to Plaintiff Erika’s complaints, it is clear that Defendant M.S.U. was aware and/or had notice that Defendant Nassar sexually assaulted other girls, children and/or young women,” the suit says.

Michigan State’s president, Lou Anna Simon, resigned in early January for not dealing with sexual abuse claims in relation to Larry Nassar. It was found MSU did not take proper action in investigating claims when they were reported, dating all the way back to the 1990s into the early 2000s.

In May, the university disclosed it payed a $500 million settlement with 332 women and girls who say they were abused by Larry Nassar.

“We are deeply sorry for the abuses Larry Nassar has committed, and for the trauma experienced by all sexual assault survivors,” Emily Guerrant, Michigan State University spokesperson, said.

 

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