On the fifth day of Larry Nassar’s sentencing hearing for molestation charges, 15-year-old Emma Ann Miller stood in the Lansing, Mich., courtroom to confront the man she said had repeatedly sexually abused her, the last time during a medical appointment in August 2016.
She was 10 years old when she started seeing him for treatment, according to Sports Illustrated.
“There has never been a time in my life when I did not know Larry Nassar,” she said, according to NBC News. “But now I wish I’d never met him.”
Once a respected sports physician who specialized in treating gymnasts, Nassar’s downfall started that August, when Rachael Denhollander filed a police report alleging Nassar had assaulted her during a medical examination years prior when she was a 15-year-old gymnast, The Washington Post’s Will Hobson reported. After Denhollander, 32, told her story to the Indianapolis Star, dozens of women came forward with allegations.
“I am possibly the last child he will ever assault,” Miller said Monday.
She then turned her attention to Michigan State University, where Nassar worked from 1997 until last September.
“MSU Sports Medicine charged me for those appointments,” she said. “My mom is still getting billed for appointments where I was sexually assaulted.
“Are you listening MSU? I can’t hear you. Are you listening?”
After Miller’s testimony, MSU spokesman Jason Cody said that “patients of former MSU physician Larry Nassar with outstanding bills will not be billed.”
He added that the university is reviewing whether to offer refunds to patients.
The 54-year-old Nassar has been sentenced to a 60-year federal term for child pornography charges. He still faces sentencing for multiple counts of sexual assault.
During the sentencing hearing, which began Jan. 16, more than 90 girls and women, including Olympic champions Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, described abuse dating from the early 1990s to 2016, The Post’s Hobson reported.
Their accounts have been harrowing and heart-rending, but also, at times, victorious and cathartic. They have described the devastating toll Nassar’s crimes have taken, not just on those he abused, but also on parents and coaches wracked by guilt, or possessed with rage, about warning signs missed and complaints ignored.
Many were speaking out publicly for the first time, with more to come.
In court Monday, Miller said that the man she once held up as a role model would now “permanently be associated with child sexual abuse.”
The 15-year-old also encouraged the 54-year-old Nassar to reveal what MSU, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee might have known about his actions, according to NBC News.
“Just remember, Larry, it’s never too late to do the right thing,” Miller said, NBC News reported.
On Monday, three members of the board of directors of USA Gymnastics resigned as girls and women continued to speak out about the alleged abuse. USA Gymnastics also suspended John Geddert until its investigation is complete.
Geddert, who coached the gold medal-winning U.S. women’s 2012 Olympic team in London, operated two gyms that employed Nassar, according to ESPN.
The former Olympic gymnastics team physician, dressed in a blue prison jumpsuit, watched from the witness stand, ESPN reported.
“I know, and Nassar knows, that in federal prison he will be fed, he will clothed and he’ll be provided actual medical treatment,” she said.
“Don’t get too excited, Larry,” she added. “You’ll probably never talk to a woman again except for one holding a gun, a taser and a billy club — which is a good thing.”
Addressing Nassar, Miller said that she had “never wanted to hate someone” but that her hate toward him was “uncontrollable,” though not boundless.
“Larry Nassar, I hate you,” Miller said. “I will work on forgiving you, as I know that’s what God wants. But at this moment, I’ll leave forgiveness up to Him.”
She spoke of no forgiveness for MSU, which faces some 140 lawsuits.
“My name is Emma Ann Miller, and I’m 15 years old, and I’m not afraid of you, nor will I ever be,” she said.
“At 15 I shouldn’t know the inside of a courtroom, but I’m going to become very comfortable in one; so should you.
“See MSU? Sometimes circumstances determine our fate and sometimes we determine the circumstance. I, like all those that have spoken or will speak, didn’t choose this circumstance to have the right to be standing before this podium today.
“Nassar made that choice for us.
“Your 20-year, child-molesting employee. This is a burden at 15 I shouldn’t have to bear. But believe me MSU, bear I will.”
Cindy Boren contributed to this report.