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Situation involving Michigan State interim president doesn't look good

Asher Fair
SENIOR ANALYST
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150   //    14 Apr 2018, 13:56 IST

Middle Tennessee v Michigan State
Middle Tennessee v Michigan State

Kaylee Lorincz, a 19-year-old gymnast who was sexually assaulted by disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University physician Larry Nassar, has made more alarming claims.

Lorincz recently accused Michigan State University interim president John Engler of offering her money, $250,000 to be exact, when the two parties were discussing an ongoing civil lawsuit against the university for enabling the predatory behavior of the 54-year-old Nassar, who is currently serving the first of three lengthy prison sentences.

Now she has made more claims that do not paint a pretty picture on the part of Engler, who took over the as the university's interim president in February following the resignation of heavily criticized former Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon at the end of January when the pressure for her to resign was mounting as a result of the Nassar scandal.

Lorincz also claimed that Engler told her that Rachael Denhollander, who was the first person to publicly accuse Nassar of sexual assault when she took her story to the Indianapolis Star in September of 2016 and ultimately played a huge role in having him arrested three months later, already met with him to "give him a number".

Denhollander denies meeting with Engler despite the fact that she has tried to do so but has been told that he was not interested in meeting, according to ESPN.

"He tried to convince them that I was doing backroom deals with him. No one has given him a number. No one other than Kaylee has met with him."

This discussion between Lorincz and Engler took place without an attorney present, which worries John Manly, who is the attorney for Lorincz and many others involved in lawsuits regarding the Nassar scandal.

Here is what Manly had to say about the matter, according to ESPN.

"I'd be worried if I were [their attorney]. You're not even supposed to say hello if you pass each other in the restroom. He was bringing up dollar figures. You have to be so low and so despicable to take a young girl and try to get intelligence out of her about her case. How desperate are these guys? What kind of a person does that? Did they not think they were going to get caught?"

Several others commented on this situation, including Michigan State trustees Mitch Lyons and Brian Mosallam. Here is what the former had to say about it, according to ESPN.

"I'm deeply troubled if the comments attributed to Engler are correct."

Here is what the latter had to say about it, according to ESPN.

"If Kaylee Lorincz's story is correct, I am beyond disturbed. I'm disgusted."

The ramifications of this terrible scandal will likely continue to play out for several months and years, and situations such as this one that do not paint a pretty picture are not what anybody wants to see at this point.

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