Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon resigns

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Minutes ahead of the sentencing, Nassar apologized in court to his victims, who included Olympic gold-medal winners Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney but also scores of female athletes at Michigan State University, where he worked.

That led to many others making the same claims and to Nassar pleading guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct. Nassar is now serving a 60-year sentence in federal prison for possession of child pornography.

The Judge Rosemarie Aquilina concluded the court hearing saying: "I just signed your death warrant".

"You already know you're going away to a place where you won't be able to hurt anybody ever again". The (now former) MSU president was heavily criticized for the way she mishandled the Nassar scandal.

"I think it's just sad they had to go through that, but also looking at it now, I'm really proud to be a part of a community of such strong women", said Courteney Ng, a Sacramento State gymnast.

Raisman, a Needham native, was among the more than 150 women and girls to make statements about being abused by Nassar.

Rachael Denhollander a former gymnast listens as Nassar is sentenced
Rachael Denhollander a former gymnast listens as Nassar is sentencedCARLOS OSORIO AP

"What I am feeling pales in comparison to the pain, trauma, and emotional destruction that all of you are feeling", he said.

Larson said of Nassar, "I can't even put into words how much I f***ing hate you".

Former gymnast Mattie Larson revealed has she tried to give herself a concussion to avoid Larry Nassar, the USA Gymnastics physician who has pleaded guilty to harassing multiple women sexually.

While the media attention in the Nassar case was initially focused on his abuse while working for the national gymnastics team, Michigan State's potential culpability came into focus when The Detroit News ran a daming piece on January 18 which claims victims of Nassar's abuse reported his misconduct to at least 14 Michigan State university representatives, including Simon. For survivors of sexual abuse it's hard to relive the experience, let alone do so in front of your attacker. In it, Nassar stated that he had been "manipulated" into admitting his guilt and said the accusations against him were "fabricated" to gain money and fame.

The prosecutor and her team embraced the young women and their families one by one, huge smiles of relief on exhausted faces. "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned".

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