Nassar victim: Michigan State's Engler offered secret payoff


Michigan State and its board of trustees are listed as co-defendants in many of those lawsuits.

President Engler YOU wanted to talk about money, I wanted to talk about helping and healing.

Kaylee Lorincz, a 19-year-old gymnast who testified in court that former Michigan State doctor and convicted sexual predator Larry Nassar abused her, said Engler offered her $250,000 when discussing an ongoing civil lawsuit against the university and pressured her to "give me a number".

The woman's testimony drew gasps of shock and outrage at the meeting.

To showcase the latest in student-led research at Michigan State University, two student investigators presented their academic endeavors at the Board of Trustees meeting on April 13.

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.

Lorincz went on to say that she felt "bullied" by the conversation, especially after Engler mentioned that he'd had a similar conversation with another Nassar victim named Rachael Denhollander, and she'd given him a payoff number. He also said that he had met with Rachael Denhollander and that she gave him a number'.

That's when Lorincz was cut off and told her time was up, as the crowd chanted, "Let her speak".

"For him to continuously push me into a corner about money, just wasn't fair", Kaylee Lorincz said.

Kaylee claims that she later spoke with her friend about the claims made in that meeting and 'it turns out that Rachael has never met with Mr. Engler and more specifically, never gave him a dollar amount'.

'Mr. Engler then looked directly at me and asked, "right now if I wrote you a check for $250,000 would you take it?" Carol Viventi said "Well you're in civil litigation, aren't you?"

"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.

"Our memories and interpretations of the March 28 meeting are different than hers". "He has said some hurtful things and I wanted him to know that when he does that, he causes me to feel victimized all over again". Nassar is now serving multiple decades in prison for sexual assault.

She continued: 'This how it works.

In a separate case, a woman sued the school on Monday, saying university counselors discouraged her from filing a police report after three Michigan State basketball players allegedly raped her in 2015.

The university's immediate response to reporters asking about the lawsuit was to decline comment.

The response was met with backlash from people who say Michigan State violated federal privacy laws. Engler didn't make an attempt to refute the details of the conversation.

They also could lose the funding if they don't create an in-person sexual assault prevention course or presentation for all freshman and sophomore students or for failing to certify that the university president and at least one trustee or regent has reviewed all Title IX complaints involving school employees. "President Engler's main focus was dollar signs". Some Nassar victims wrapped their mouths with black bands that had the phrase "Silenced" scrawled over them.