Police interview videos have been released of former USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar responding to accusations of sexual abuse by young women at Michigan State University where he worked as an osteopathic physician.
Michigan State University announced that it is going to pay a $500 million settlement to over 300 women and girls who claimed they were victimized by Nassar, reports The Associated Press.
In the videos, Nassar is responding to complaints filed in 2014 and 2016 with the Michigan State University (MSU) Police Department, notes WXYZ.
Using his laptop computer in 2014, Nassar showed Capt. Valerie O’Brien videos of himself performing past medical treatments that required contact with young women’s bodies:
This is a treatment that I lecture on. I lecture on not only here at Michigan State. I was the keynote guest speaker in Australia to the Australian Olympic sports medicine for this very technique.
O’Brien told Nassar:
She said that she felt like you were massaging her breast and that was not part of the manipulation that you were doing.
Nassar fired back:
It’s the rib cage, you know what I mean? You’re going to be on the chest wall, you move the breast down, you move the breast down to get down to the wall. It’s like giving someone a mammogram almost.
O’Brien asked Nassar if he had ever been accused of abuse before and Nassar confirmed he had:
There has been a few times where that has been brought up. Okay? And each and every time they were sexually abused..
So, that’s what, that’s what I’m saying, when they’re uncomfortable about that, there’s been three cases. And all three of them were sexually abused. Okay? So that’s why I’m like, yeah. That’s why I’m like, is there something more? What am I missing?
MSU police wanted to charge Nassar, but the Ingham County prosecutor refused.
In 2016, Nassar answered questions from MSU Police Lieutenant Andrea Munford about new allegations of sexual abuse by Rachael Denhollander, a past Nassar patient:
Has there been another complaint? I’m just like confused right now.
I’m trying very hard to do things where I’m not being nearly as invasive… But it compromises things. So I’m trying to modify that.
Munford asked Nassar:
Do you ever get aroused during these exams?
Nassar repeated the question: “Do I get aroused during the exam?”
Munford asked again:
Do you ever get an erection? The reason why I’m talking about this is because this young girl and her mother both observed this on more than one occasion during treatment.
Nassar stammered in his reply:
If there was arousal it’s, it’s, it’s…you know what I mean? It would be because of, whatever, I don’t know.
Munford asked: “Well, what do you meant whatever?”
Nassar replied: “When you’re a guy, sometimes you get an erection.”
Nassar pled guilty to numerous sexual conduct charges in 2018, and was sentenced to up to 125 years in prison.