LANSING, Mich. (WILX) The former gymnast who filed the first criminal complaint against Larry Nassar will address the media after a plea hearing Wednesday morning in Ingham County Circuit Court.
Rachel Denhollander will be joined by two other accusers, Michigan State University gymnast Lindsey Lemke, and Adrian College gymnast Kaylee Lorincz. They are among more than 100 women suing Nassar in federal court.
The women will be joined by their attorneys, John Manly, Stephen Drew, and James White. The firms represent most of the women named in the federal civil lawsuit.
In a media advisory issued Tuesday afternoon, the lawyers said "MSU and its administrators could have prevented the Nassar scandal if they had simply followed Title IX and the mandatory reporting laws. They ignored complaints of his misconduct going back to 1997. When they finally conducted a Title IX investigation of Nassar in 2014, they botched it and allowed him to continue allegedly molesting dozens of women and girls for two more years, including Team USA gymnasts."
The lawyers are calling on MSU to release the findings of an internal investigation conducted by the New York law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. They say the university paid the firm more than $1 million dollars.
The media advisory states, "The University’s refusal to make the results of this review public stands in stark contrast to the actions taken by Penn State University in response to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal in 2012. MSU’s refusal to make the facts contained in their secret internal investigation public should not be allowed by a public agency, funded by the taxpayers. MSU’s continuing lack of transparency and cover up of misconduct by University administrators demonstrates the need for an independent and thorough investigation of MSU, its Administration and athletic department."