LANSING, Mich. – The Latest on sexual assault scandals at Michigan State University (all times local):
A spokeswoman for Michigan State University’s interim president is denying that John Engler offered a secret buyout to a sexual assault victim of former sports doctor Larry Nassar.
In a Friday board of trustees meeting, 18-year-old Kaylee Lorincz publicly accused Engler and his special counsel of offering $250,000 to settle civil litigation while her attorney was not present.
Engler spokeswoman Emily Guerrant said she was in the room during the conversation with Lorincz and does not remember Engler proposing a dollar figure.
Lorincz is among several victims suing the university over its handling of the Nassar case. The disgraced sports doctor is serving decades in prison for molesting women and girls.
Engler did not respond to Lorincz at the board meeting.
A sexual assault victim of former sports doctor Larry Nassar says Michigan State University interim president John Engler offered her a secret payoff to settle a lawsuit against the university.
Eighteen-year-old Kaylee Lorincz confronted Engler during a highly charged board meeting Friday. She says Engler and his special counsel offered her $250,000 while her attorney was not present. Lorincz is among those suing the university over its handling of the Nassar case. Nassar is now serving decades in prison for molesting women and girls.
According to Lorincz, Engler said to her, “Right now if I wrote you a check for $250,000 would you take it?”
Engler didn’t immediately respond to her comments.
Engler is also facing criticism for the school’s response to a federal lawsuit against the university by a woman who says three former basketball players raped her.
Interim Michigan State University President John Engler says he regrets the school’s response to a woman filing a federal rape lawsuit against the university.
Engler said Friday that the school “provided an unnecessary amount of detail” — a response that he added was viewed by some as “violating privacy expectations.” He faced a roomful of protesters, parents and sexual assault survivors of disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar during a university board meeting.
A woman sued the school and its counseling center Monday, claiming that counselors discouraged her from filing a police report after three Michigan State basketball players allegedly raped her in 2015.
The federal lawsuit is the latest development in a scandal rocking the university. The school is being investigated for failing to stop Nassar from molesting female patients.