Larry Nassar victim accuses MSU interim president of offering secret payoff

Larry Nassar victim accuses MSU interim president of offering secret payoff

Michigan lawmakers voted Thursday to threaten a 10 percent state funding cut for any university that fails to comply with proposed new requirements prompted by the Larry Nassar sexual assault case at Michigan State.

Kaylee Lorincz, a 19-year-old gymnast who testified in court that former Michigan State doctor and convicted sexual predator Larry Nassar abused her, said Engler offered her $250,000 when discussing an ongoing civil lawsuit against the university and pressured her to "give me a number".

According to her account, the payoff attempt occurred on March 28, when the teenager and her mother, Lisa Lorincz, went to MSU offices to sign up to speak at this month's Board of Trustees meeting. When I explained that it's not about the money for me and that I just want to help, he said, "Just give me a number".

John Manly, the attorney who represents Denhollander, Lorincz and many others suing Michigan State, said speaking with Lorincz without an attorney present was at best a questionable ethical decision for Engler and Michigan State.

At the Board of Trustees meeting on Friday, Lorincz said she didn't realize that Viventi was Engler's lawyer until days later.

That's when Lorincz was cut off and told her time was up, as the crowd chanted, "Let her speak".

That was when Kaylee claims Engler said that Rachael "gave him a number" regarding what it would take to settle the case.

"We need a change in who's sitting in front of us", one man shouted in reference to Engler and the board.

"My interpretation of the discussion was not that he was saying I'm offering you $250,000, it was a discussion about the civil litigation and how it was going on", said Guerrant, who added that she was in attendance for the meeting.

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"What exactly does that mean?"

On Tuesday, McCaul spoke out about her concerns for MSU at Take Back the Night, a day-long event meant to shed light on domestic violence and sexual assault. Does that mean he's going to follow her? Instead of responding to her allegations appropriately, they chose to victimize her all over again in the media.

She said Engler rolled his eyes, and said it was "only a slap on the butt".

During the meeting, Lorincz said she told them she was interested in helping the university heal, while Engler told her about the changes MSU has made and plans for progress. President Engler and his lawyer had just tried to coerce me into settling a lawsuit without my attorney present. Carol Viventi, Vice President and Special Counsel to the President, was also in the meeting she said.

To make matters worse, Engler and Viventi's version of events do not track with Denhollander's own.

This is a bald faced lie, we've never met or communicated. "In fact, he's been asked by political leaders to meet with me, and has refused", Denhollander told Michigan Radio in an e-mail, when asked about Lorincz's story.

"I think there's a lot they could do right and they're choosing not to do right", said Gonczari, 37, of Detroit. "Money is not what this is about".

The woman, Kaylee Lorincz, also said Mr. Engler played down the behavior of William Strampel, Dr. Nassar's boss and the former dean of MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine, who himself has been arrested and charged with sexual misconduct.

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