MSU President Offered Secret Settlement in Nassar Sex-Abuse Suit, Woman Says

Survivor Morgan McCaul to call for structured sex assault policies at MSU

Survivor Morgan McCaul to call for structured sex assault policies at MSU

Lorincz also said that Engler told her that he met Rachael Denhollander, another victim of Nassar's abuse, and that "she gave him a number".

That is when Kaylee ran into interim president John Engler, who was previously the governor of MI.

Lorincz asked if she could meet Engler to introduce herself, and she was taken into a conference room with the interim president, his spokeswoman and an attorney. Carol Viventi, Vice President and Special Counsel to the President, was also in the meeting she said.

Guerrant did not respond to phone calls from ESPN seeking more information Friday.

Engler's short tenure has not been one for the textbooks since he took the post in January after the previous president, Lou Anna Simon, resigned hours after Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for crimes involving Michigan State athletes.

Denhollander was the first survivor to file a criminal complaint against Larry Nassar back in 2016.

Lorincz is one of more than 200 women who have filed civil lawsuits saying they were abused by Nassar.

She said she expressed an interest in working with the university to try to improve the way it has handled sexual assault cases on campus. Before Judge Rosemarie Aquilina concluded her sentencing, she told him directly, "I just signed your death warrant".

"Since then, I have spoken to Rachael and asked her about that meeting, but it turns out that Rachael has never met with Mr. Engler and more specifically, never gave him a dollar amount". And I had to continually tell him that I'm not here for the money. "He kind of indicated it didn't rise to the degree of a Larry Nassar, you know, like it's just like murder how there are different degrees, and we both said no degree is okay". "No one has given him a number".

To make matters worse, Engler and Viventi's version of events do not track with Denhollander's own. Manly said represented parties in civil lawsuits are not typically supposed to interact with each other without their attorneys present.

"There's new leadership in nearly all of these places, so I think the ability of Michigan State to respond is dramatically different and better than it was a year ago", he said. He was bringing up dollar figures.

Lorincz recalled another horrifying part of that private meeting with Engler - when he referred to the recent arrest of former College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean William Strampel as "no big deal ... just a slap on the butt".

Several minutes into Lorincz's statement to the board, a voice from the front of the room informed the 18-year-old that her time to speak was up and attempted to move her along as police approached, which angered the crowd once again. "It was only just a slap on the butt".

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

During Friday's meeting, Engler and members of his administration provided the board with updates on efforts the university is taking in an attempt to rebuild trust in the wake of the Nassar scandal.

"I'm deeply troubled if the comments attributed to Engler are correct", trustee Mitch Lyons told ESPN. She said the university's counseling center discouraged her from reporting, telling her to "just get yourself better".

Lyons said he had not yet discussed the matter with Engler. Engler said that release "provided an unnecessary amount of detail" and that some saw it as "violating privacy expectations".

"When you protect and promote a sexual predator and foster a culture of lies and coverups, you are responsible", she said.

Michigan State and the plaintiffs' attorneys in the Nassar-related lawsuits are scheduled to resume mediation later this month in hopes of reaching a settlement.

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