GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WILX) -- Some of the many women who accused Larry Nassar of sexual assault are speaking out with their attorneys in Grand Rapids following the federal sentencing of Nassar's child pornography case.
Rachael Denhollander, former Michigan gymnast who filed the first criminal complaint against Nassar, along with Jeanette Antolin, USA National Team gymnast, Tiffany Thomas Lopez, former MSU softball player who reported Nassar to MSU coaches and trainers in 1999, along with their representation will speak to the media.
Nassar has recently plead guilty to ten counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct for his assaults of young girls in Eaton and Ingham County. Sentencing for those crimes is in January.
Alleged sexual assaults by Nassar have been reported by more than 140 women and girls. They include Olympic medalists McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and Jamie Dantzscher together with Jeanette Antolin and several other members of Team USA.
These women have said they hold Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics, and the US Olympic Committee responsible for allowing, and in some cases enabling, Larry Nassar's actions.
They point to the failure of MSU to fire Larry Nassar in 2014 following complaints that he was placing his ungloved hands into the vaginas of student athletes and children, actions he now admits were not for medical reasons but for his own pleasure.
The women and their attorneys blame the US Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics for allowing Nassar to announce his retirement in 2015 when they in fact had fired him amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
Then Nassar returned to MSU and continued allegedly molesting women and girls for an additional year.
These survivors and their attorneys have called for an independent investigation of the leadership of Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee to determine how and why the Nassar scandal occurred.
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