Survivor supporters in spotlight at day 2 of Nassar hearing

Published: Jan. 17, 2018 at 4:55 PM EST
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Day two of Larry Nassar's sentencing hearing featured powerful statements from those in court to support the survivors of Nassar's sexual abuse.

Among them, Tom Brennan, who stood by his former gymnast Gwen Anderson.

She spoke for nearly ten minutes about the abuse she suffered at the hands of Larry Nassar, and the point she realized she too was one of his victims, saying quote: "I remembered at that exact moment, I was molested by somebody I trust.. that I was one of the gymnasts he had abused... that my life was never going to be the same... that it was true."

After Anderson's statement Brennan exclaimed: "for the record, go to hell."

Ingham Co. Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina invited Brennan, who described Nassar as an advisor and mentor, to speak his mind.

Brennan said: "I've done clinics with him for years in the past, and I've probably sent well over 100 kids to him over the years... so the guilt I feel for that is hard to fathom... what you did to everyone else who trusted you, and sent girls your way... is digusting, reprehensible, unforgiveable."

Brennan says he had no intention of speaking, but that changed as he watched Nassar's reaction during Anderson's statement.

"When I saw him just looking down, writing things down, and not paying attention to what she was saying, I couldn't help myself but to speak up, had to. She deserved that respect for taking the time. The anxiety she had for reading that letter was tough enough... so give her respect "

So far 50 people have given statements. Another 51 are expected to speak in the next couple of days.