Nassar survivor accuses Engler of "secret payoff" attempt


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A survivor of sexual abuse from Larry Nassar alleged on Friday that Michigan State interim president John Engler tried to pay her off to settle her civil lawsuit.

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

When speaking at Michigan State's board of trustees meeting, 18-year-old Kaylee Lorincz said Engler offered her a check without her lawyer present.

"Mr. Engler then looked directly at me and asked, 'Right now if I wrote you a check for $250,000 would you take it?'" the younger Lorincz said in her statement.

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.

"Since then, I have spoken to Rachael and asked her about that meeting, but it turns out that Rachael has never met with Mr. Engler and more specifically, never gave him a dollar amount".

Engler said in a statement Friday night that he met with Lorincz and her mother to hear her experience as a survivor. When I explained that it's not about the money for me and that I just want to help, he said "well give me a number". Lorincz said she asked Denhollander about the incident, and that Denhollander said she had never met with Engler or given him a dollar amount.

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"My interpretation of the discussion was not that he was saying I'm offering you $250,000, it was a discussion about the civil litigation and how it was going on", said Guerrant, who added that she was in attendance for the meeting. Instead, she says, the pair were ushered into a conference room in which Engler was joined by an MSU counsel, Carol Viventi, who was not introduced as a lawyer at the time.

"They responded and said it was just a meeting, to discuss things, and they (Engler and Viventi) weren't there as lawyers, just as university representatives", Manly said. He later issued a statement saying the meeting took place but he did not elaborate on Lorincz's account of it.

"Our memories and interpretations of the March 28 meeting are different than hers". "They clearly knew she was represented because they were bad mouthing me and (another attorney) during the meeting".

Lorincz addressed Engler in a room brimming with protesters, parents and sexual assault victims of Nassar, now serving decades in prison for molesting women and girls and for possessing child pornography. The foundation said it works with 27 educational partners in the scholars program.

In the lawsuit the student, identified only as Jane Doe, claims the University counseling center told her that her options were to either file a police report, or "deal with the aftermath of the rape (s) on her own".

The university's immediate response to reporters asking about the lawsuit was to decline comment. Engler said that release "provided an unnecessary amount of detail" and that some saw it as "violating privacy expectations". Students remain anxious over the future course of the university, which concludes the school year this month but has yet to choose a permanent replacement for Simon.

Because of this, McCaul and several other students, faculty and alumni have remained firm in their calls for the current members of the MSU Board of Trustees to resign. Some Nassar victims wrapped their mouths with black bands that had the phrase "Silenced" scrawled over them. He previously had teased the possibility of heavy tuition increases should the school's lawsuits over the Nassar scandal continue to snowball financially.

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