'Spawn of Satan'

Judge lays smackdown on abusive doctor who says he can’t take listening to anymore statements from his victims

Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina addresses Larry Nassar, (R) a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, during his sentencing hearing in Lansing, Michigan, U.S., January 18, 2018. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

Larry Nassar, the disgraced former doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, who has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing seven women when they were young girls and stands accused of sexually molesting more than a 100 more, said he can’t stand to listen to anymore courtroom statements from his victims. As of Thursday morning 55 of more than 100 victims had stood up and read impact statements.

The disgraced doctor wrote a letter to Rosemarie Aquilina, the judge presiding over the his sentencing hearing, and said that listening to more victim statements would be bad for his “mental health.” In his letter, which Aquilino read aloud in court on Thursday, Nassar accused the judge of running a “four-day sentencing media circus” so she can reap the attention of the news cameras. “She wants me to sit in the witness box next to her for all four days so the media cameras will be directed toward her,” he complained in his six-page, handwritten letter.

“Writing this mumbo-jumbo,” Aquilina said, shaking her head, “it doesn’t help you, sir.” Aquilina dismissed his accusation, saying, “I don’t need any cameras,” and added, “You may find it harsh that you are here listening, but nothing is as harsh as what your victims endured for thousands of hours at your hands, collectively. Spending four or five days listening to them is significantly minor considering the hours of pleasure you’ve had at their expense and ruining their lives.” Watch her remarks to Nassar in the video below.

On Wednesday, Jeanette Antolin a former gymnast abused by Nassar, confronted him and told him he is “the spawn of Satan.”

“Larry, you made me believe that you were my friend,” she said. “You deceived me. You manipulated me, and you abused me. I truly believe that you are the spawn of Satan.”

Victim and former U.S. National team member Jeanette Antolin speaks during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, in Lansing, Michigan, U.S., January 17, 2018. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

Also on Thursday, a statement from Olympic gold medalist McKayla Moroney was read aloud in court. Moroney had sued USA Gymnastics for coercing her into signing a non-disclosure agreement that would’ve penalized her $100,000 for speaking out about Nassar’s abuse, but USA Gymnastics waived that clause of the agreement allowing her to make a public statement, and prosecutor Angela Povilaitis delivered her remarks in court.

Prosecutor Angela Povilaitis reads a statement for victim and gymnast McKayla Maroney during a sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, in Lansing, Michigan, U.S., January 18, 2018. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

“For me, the scariest night of my life happened when I was 15 years old,” the statement read. “I had flown all day and night with the team to get to Tokyo. He’d given me a sleeping pill for the flight, and the next thing I know, I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a ‘treatment.’ I thought I was going to die that night.”

And Maroney was critical of the system that allowed Nassar to remain in place for as long as he did.

“How could Larry Nassar have been allowed to assault so many women and girls for more than two decades?”

Read the full story at The Daily Mail.

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