Disgraced ex-doctor Larry Nassar said he was the victim, not his patients in interviews with Michigan State Police years before he was criminally charged as a serial molester.
In more than three hours of interviews with police in 2014 and 2016, obtained by Ross Jones of WXYZ through the Freedom of Information Act, Nassar appears befuddled and defiant when faced with allegations that he abused patients.
He asked the detective why the patients didn't say something if they felt violated.
“It’s like blindsiding someone,” Nassar tells the detective. “You’re doing this and you’re doing it for good to help someone and they’re giving you the positive feedback that you’re helping them, how do I know I’m hurting them?”
The interviews came after females filed complaints against Nassar in 2014 and 2016, accusing him of sexually assaulting them during exams.
In August 2014, MSU police interviewed Nassar after a graduate student complained he sexually assaulted her during an appointment. Nassar heard about the complaint from a colleague, Dr. Jeffrey Kovan.
“What else did he tell you?” asks Capt. Valerie O’Brien.
“That she felt violated, that I was doing, like I touched her breast and I moved her underwear out of the way. And I’m like, yeah. I do that all the time,” Nassar said.
In 2016, the detective asks if he got an erection during an exam.
“If there was arousal it’s, it’s, it’s…you know what I mean? It would be because of, whatever, I don’t know.”
“When you’re a guy,” Nassar says, “sometimes you get an erection.”
Nassar pled guilty to a number of sexual assault charges this year and is serving what amounts to life in prison.