Larry Nassar complains it’s too hard to listen to victim stories

Former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, accused of sexually abusing more than 140 girls and women, picked a fight with the judge overseeing his marathon sentencing hearing.

He lost.

In a six-page single-spaced letter, Nassar complained it was too hard for him to listen to dozens of victims describe how he abused them under the guise of medical treatments and how it wrecked their lives. He accused the judge of turning the proceeding into a "media circus" and putting herself in the spotlight.

"Now this is entertaining to me," Aquilina said as she read from the letter in court on Thursday:

"Aquilina said if I pass out she'll have the EMTs revive me and prop me up in the witness box."

The judge scoffed.

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Rachael Denhollander (C) the first woman to publicly say she was sexually abused by Larry Nassar, the former physician for the U.S. womens gymnastics team is hugged during a hearing in Ingham County Circuit Court on November 22, 2017 in Lansing, Michigan. Former USA Gymnastics team doctor Lawrence (Larry) Nassar, accused of molesting dozens of female athletes over several decades, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct. Nassar -- who was involved with USA Gymnastics for nearly three decades and worked with the country's gymnasts at four separate Olympic Games -- could face at least 25 years in prison on the charges brought in Michigan. / AFP PHOTO / JEFF KOWALSKY (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Rachael Denhollander (4th L with white blouse) the first woman to publicly say she was sexually abused by Larry Nassar, the former physician for the U.S. womens gymnastics team attends a hearing in Ingham County Circuit Court on November 22, 2017 in Lansing, Michigan. Former USA Gymnastics team doctor Lawrence (Larry) Nassar, accused of molesting dozens of female athletes over several decades, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct. Nassar -- who was involved with USA Gymnastics for nearly three decades and worked with the country's gymnasts at four separate Olympic Games -- could face at least 25 years in prison on the charges brought in Michigan. / AFP PHOTO / JEFF KOWALSKY (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
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"I suspect you have watched too much television," Aquilina said. "It's delusional. You need to talk about these issues with a therapist and that's not me."

Nassar, 54, the former team doctor for the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team, has pleaded guilty in Ingham County to molesting seven girls. Aquilina is allowing all of Nassar's accusers to give impact statements in person, and more than 100 have signed up.

They stand at a podium, often sobbing as they speak. Nassar, wearing blue jail clothing and a hangdog expression, mostly keeps his head and eyes down and sometimes shakes or weeps.

He sat quietly as Aquilina read out parts of his letter to the court, starting with his complaint about the media coverage.

"I didn't ask any media to be here," she said.

Then she turned to an excerpt where Nassar seemed to be upset that more women than the seven in his plea deal were being given their day in court.

"Aquilina is allowing them all to talk," he wrote. "She wants me to sit in the witness box next to her for all four days so the media cameras will be directed at her."

The judge sounded incredulous as she read the words aloud, saying she didn't need the face time.

"I don't have a dog in this fight, sir," she said, adding, "I didn't want even one victim to lose their voice."

"Spending four or five days listening to them is significantly minor considering the hours of pleasure you had at their expense and ruining their lives," she said.

Nassar said in the letter that he passed out twice before his federal sentencing on child pornography charges, which got him 60 years in prison.

"I'm sorry about that, sir. I wish you well," Aquilina said.

She said she had cut Wednesday's court session short to allow Nassar to meet with mental health services. She asked if they had recommended any accommodations for him, and he said meekly they had not.

Nassar will be sentenced at the conclusion of the hearing, which could go into next week. Five more women have just requested time to speak, bringing the total to 105, prosecutors said.

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