Aly Raisman sued the U.S. Olympic Committee back in March, claiming members knew of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse crimes after women came forward with complaints. Now, RadarOnline.com can reveal exclusive details on the disgraced doctor’s desperate attempt to avoid being deposed in the case.
In the hand-written prison letter, Nassar wrote to Judge DeMarchi, “Because of my direct appeals from my convictions arising from Michigan’s Ingham and Eaton County Circuit Courts my attorney has advised me to invoke my 5th Amendment Rights.”
“Therefore, I am requesting to invoke my 5th Amendment Rights,” the November 26 filing continued. "If your honor orders me to participate in a deposition or other discovery, I respectfully request that this court appoint counsel to protect my 5th Amendment Rights on a question by question basis.”
On the same day, Nassar’s attorney Jaqueline McCann also wrote a letter to the judge.
“His state criminal convictions are yet final as his direct appeal remains pending,” she wrote. “And thus he retains his Fifth Amendment Privilege against self-incrimination even in regard to the Ingham and Eaton county cases.”
If the judge orders Nassar to participate in the deposition, then she asks he be appointed a public defender, as her office cannot represent him in the civil action.
Nassar was found guilty of sexually abusing over 100 female patients for years, as he tricked them into believing he was treating their injuries. He was sentenced to 175 years in prison.
The sentence will start after he serves 60 years on child pornography charges.
The Blast was the first to report on the lawsuit.
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