On the fifth day of the sentencing hearing for former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, more of Nassar’s patients came forward to describe how he had sexually assaulted them. While many of the stories were the same, one young girl said her family continues to feel the effects of Nassar’s abuse, not just physically or emotionally, but financially. Emma Ann Miller, 15, said Michigan State University is still charging her for the appointments where she says Nassar abused her.
“MSU sports medicine charged me for those appointments,” Miller said. “My mom is still getting billed for appointments where I was sexually assaulted.”
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Miller said that she started seeing Nassar for a back injury at age 10, after previously knowing him from tagging along to her mother’s appointments.
“There has never been a time in my life when I didn’t know Larry Nassar,” she said, “but now I wish I had never met him.”
Miller said Nassar sexually assaulted her at multiple appointments, including in a supply closet. She told the court that her last appointment was in August 2016, a week before MSU fired Nassar.
“I’m possibly the last child he will ever assault,” Miller said.
Now that Nassar is awaiting his sentence, Miller is turning her attention directly to MSU. She said in her statement that she is suing the university over their part in letting Nassar get away with abusing girls and women for approximately 20 years.
“We are just getting started,” she said. Nassar has been accused of violating more than 140 women, and has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of sexual assault.
Law&Crime reached out to MSU for comment.
Update: 1/22/18 1:54 p.m.: A spokesperson for Michigan State University told Law&Crime, “Patients of former MSU physician Larry Nassar will not be billed.”
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