Although Valeri Liukin has not been named as a direct enabler of Nassar, former US national team member Mattie Larson mentioned him in her victim impact statement in the Nassar case, claiming he made "my feel absolutely invisible." She mentioned this to draw attention to the overall atmosphere of USA Gymnastics...
Liukin responded by stating that she had no knowledge of how Nassar treated his patients and did not help him do so. She also said that she was shocked to hear that Larson felt this way about her.
"I never met nor spoke with Larson," Liukin said in a statement. "I have no idea what she may have heard or how she could make such an accusation. I am deeply disappointed by her comments and feel they are wholly inappropriate."
Nassar's activities came to light in September 2016 when Michigan State University announced it was investigating allegations of sexual abuse against him. He was fired from his position at MSU the next day.
In October 2016, Nassar entered a plea deal in federal court in which he admitted to sexually abusing girls under the age of 18 throughout Michigan and Florida during various sporting events over several years. As part of the agreement, he pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal conduct and was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison.
In January 2017, more than 250 women and girls filed lawsuits against Nassar and others alleging negligence.
Lawrence Nassar, an osteopathic physician, was one of gymnastics' most well-known doctors. For more than two decades, he worked as a trainer and medic with Olympic and national women's artistic gymnastics teams. That's him right after Kerri Strug's memorable ankle injury in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. After those games, Nassar moved to Lansing, Michigan, where he opened up his own clinic.
He soon became one of the nation's leading experts on spinal cord injuries, and he started writing books about brain and spine trauma. In 2014, he was convicted of sexually abusing patients while they were under his care. He has since been released from prison and is currently serving three consecutive 60-year sentences. His last appeal attempt was rejected by the Supreme Court in October.
Nassar's actions have led to many changes within gymnastics and other sports. Here are some of them:
– The USA Gymnastics board of directors removed Ned Colletti from his positions as chief executive officer and president of the Los Angeles Dodgers due to concerns about his involvement in Nassar's crimes. Instead, former FBI director Louis J. Freeh will lead an independent investigation into how these incidents could have happened without causing any serious consequences for Nassar until now.
– Michigan State University has changed its name from the Department of Physical Education to the College of Health and Human Services.
Lawrence Gerard Nassar (born August 16, 1963) is a former USA Gymnastics national team doctor, osteopathic physician, and professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He has been accused of sexual abuse by numerous women and girls who have claimed that he performed invasive procedures on them without their consent while they were under the guise of medical treatment.
They allege that these procedures included both minor surgeries as well as assaults of a sexual nature. Some of the victims say that they were also given drugs and alcohol during these encounters in order to render them unconscious more easily.
Nassar has denied all allegations of wrongdoing. In addition to practicing medicine, he worked with the U.S. Olympic Committee as an expert in gymnastics injury prevention.
He was fired from his position at MSU in September 2016 after it was discovered that he had breached patient confidentiality by videotaping patients without their consent. This information was made public following an investigation by Michigan State Police.
Nassar is currently serving a 60-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. If he had been convicted at trial, he would have faced up to life in prison.
His attorney says that he will appeal his conviction.