Larry Nassar, the disgraced former USA Gymnastics team doctor who has pleaded guilty to molesting seven girls and has been accused of molesting dozens more, was sentenced on Wednesday to 175 years in prison.
During his sentencing, Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina read the court a letter that Nassar wrote in which he took no responsibility for his actions and instead cast blame on his accusers, whom he said were not grateful for the treatments they received.
“Those patients that are now speaking out are the same ones that praised and came back over and over,” Nassar wrote. “The media convinced them that everything I did was wrong and bad. They feel I broke their trust. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”
As the judge read the line about “scorned” women, the entire courtroom audibly gasped.
And they weren’t the only ones, as Twitter users reacted furiously at Nassar’s attempt to shift blame to victims. Check out the top reactions below.
It’s a great day to be alive. For everyone except Larry Nassar. You bet your ass “hell hath no fury like a scorned woman.” Cheers to 175 years!
— Maggie Devlin (@devlinmmm) January 24, 2018
“A woman scorned??!?!?”
He REALLY doesn’t know how to read the room. And that goes beyond PR, as the judge who will determine his sentence is a woman. That bullshit will only demonstrate he deserves the harshest penalty https://t.co/jrgKcRYOpi
— Bitter Script Reader (@BittrScrptReadr) January 24, 2018
AYFKM? Nassar actually wrote, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" 😠
Throw the book, judge Aquilina! Throw. It. Hard!! #justice
— Rebecca I. Allen (@rebeccaallen) January 24, 2018
No real remorse…no acknowledgement of guilt…He's the victim because he "scorned them". Yep…he's a sociopath
— Nondescript (@Nondescript_D) January 24, 2018
Disgusting! Scorned? There is a special place in hell waiting for this guy.
— John B (@beegswim) January 24, 2018
A woman scorned?!?! How about young girl’s lives ruined forever?!? #monster
— Marisa Rawlins (@RawlinsMarisa) January 24, 2018
A woman "scorned"? No, no that's definitely not the word you're looking for. 😡 https://t.co/bmUbe8m0xD
— Sarah McCammon NPR (@sarahmccammon) January 24, 2018
Like *he's* the victim, as if they're mad that he spurned *their* advances or something. Holy shit, he deserves everything he has coming.
— Avi (@AviAhvee) January 24, 2018
"Hell hath no fury like a woman SCORNED?" You telling us you thought what you had was consensual, and then you told them it wouldn't work out between you? That's what scorned means, idiot. https://t.co/mikiOdLAhn
— Ski to Die Club (@SatisfiedSally) January 24, 2018
These were not women scorned. These were children. https://t.co/Pu3suqCf74
— The Immortal Iron Feminist (@lschmeiser) January 24, 2018
Gonna go ahead and change the word ‘Hell’ to ‘every decent citizen on earth’ and then change ‘woman’ to ‘child’ and ‘scorned’ to ‘abused.’
I hope every day he’s in prison feels like it lasts 10 years. https://t.co/57tk1Q4Zwk
— Ralph Amsden (@ralphamsden) January 24, 2018
EXCUSE US YOU PIECE OF TRASH, WOMAN SCORNED?! THESE WERE YOUNG GIRLS ABUSED BY AN AUTHORITY FIGURE THEY THOUGHT THEY COULD TRUST. Go fuck yourself. https://t.co/WO236xEEGT
— WILDFANG (@wearewildfang) January 24, 2018
This Nassar guy really wrote "hell hath no fury like a women scorned" and that the AG and Judge mistreated him in his last statement before being sentenced…as a father of 2 girls, the words I have for him aren't even twitter friendly
— Jordan Bradley (@JordanBradley10) January 24, 2018