Larry Nassar, the disgraced former USA Gymnastics team doctor who has pleaded guilty to molesting seven girls, told Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina that he did not want to listen to his victims recount how he abused them because it was too hard.
NBC News reports that Aquilina on Thursday read aloud a letter that Nassar had written explaining how difficult it would be for him to listen to his victims’ stories, while also complaining about the way that the judge had handled his sentencing hearing.
“It’s delusional,” Aquilina said as she read Nassar’s letter. “You need to talk about these issues with a therapist and that’s not me.”
As part of the sentencing hearing, Aquilina is allowing all of his accusers to come into the court to deliver victim impact statements — and more than 100 have signed up to do so. Nassar complained that listening to these stories would be too taxing for him to endure, and he pointed out that he passed out twice before he was sentenced on separate charges of possessing child pornography.
Aquilina, however, wasn’t having any of it.
“Spending four or five days listening to them is significantly minor considering the hours of pleasure you had at their expense and ruining their lives,” she told him.