Michigan State has more questions to answer after the latest lawsuit against the university, filed on behalf of Erika Davis of California and other unnamed plaintiffs, detailing further abuse from disgraced doctor Larry Nassar.
According to NBC News, the lawsuit alleges that Davis, who was a scholarship field hockey player at Michigan State, was given a pill by Nassar during an exam in 1992 when she was just 17 years old. Davis was then raped, with the attack captured on camera. If that wasn’t troubling enough, the story gets even worse.
When Davis’ coach informed her of what happened and ultimately went to university officials before they turned a blind eye and made some unsettling requests.
From the report:
Davis, a scholarship field hockey player at MSU who was referred to Nassar by her coach, told her coach what happened, and the coach in turn went to Nassar’s office, demanded the video, and received it, according to the suit. But when she complained about the doctor to then-athletic director George Perles, “she was forced to return the video, resign and sign a non-disclosure agreement,” the suit claims.
The federal lawsuit was filed in Michigan on Monday, Sept. 10.
The news comes just days after the university issued a statement apologizing for Nassar’s misconduct and crimes throughout the years.
“We are deeply sorry for the abuses Larry Nassar has committed, and for the trauma experienced by all sexual assault survivors,” the statement read. “Sexual abuse, assault and relationship violence are not tolerated in our campus community. While the protocols and procedures mentioned in this lawsuit do not reflect how sexual assault claims are handled at MSU, we are taking the allegations very seriously and looking into the situation.”
If this latest lawsuit proves to be true and Michigan State officials had firm evidence that they ignored, plenty of people have some answering to do and they should be punished to the full extent of the law.
Nassar, 54, graduated from the University of Michigan in 1985. A year later, he joined the medical staff of the US national gymnastics team as a licensed osteopathic physician. In 1997, he also began working as a team physician at Michigan State University.
Nassar was a well-respected figure in the sports medicine field and was trusted with treating many top-level US gymnasts. He worked for the US gymnastics team in four Olympic Games before he was fired from the team in 2015 after athletes reported concerns of sexual misconduct.
He continued working with Michigan State University until September 2016 when the first allegations of his sexual abuse were reported. Nassar was subsequently reassigned from his clinical and teaching duties at the University and was fired later that month.