A former field hockey player at Michigan State University filed a federal lawsuit on Monday accusing former US and MSU gymnastics coach Larry Nassar drugged and raped her during a medical examination in 1992.
Erika Davis was a 17-year-old first-year student at MSU when she started seeing Nassar with a knee injury in 1992, according to court documents obtained by HuffPost. During an appointment, Nassar "crushed a pill" and made Davis drink, assuring him that it was because of his injured knee. According to the lawsuit, Davis went to sleep and fainted.
"When she was less stunned shortly thereafter, plaintiff Erika saw the defendant Nassar raping her," the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit says that before allegedly raping Davis, Nassar also subjected her to "inappropriate sexual contact, abuse and assault without consent" under the guise of medical treatment. Nassar filmed many of his sessions with Davis, telling him that the video would be used for a medical study.
Nassar was a student at MSU's School of Osteopathic Medicine during the time of the alleged violation and was not hired full-time by the MSU until 1997.
The lawsuit was filed on Monday, the last day that the Nassar prosecutors could file claims against MSU as part of the university's $ 500,000,000 settlement with more than 300 survivors.
Davis finally told his field hockey coach, Martha Ludwig, what had happened. Ludwig confronted Nassar in May 1992. According to the court documents, Ludwig demanded the video that Nassar had of Davis and then complained to George Perles, the sporting director of MSU at that time. Perles currently sits on the school's board of directors.
Perles, who resigned as sports director in 1992, "intervened" and Ludwig's complaint against Nassar was withdrawn. According to the lawsuit, Perles forced Ludwig to return the Davis assault video, resign and sign a confidentiality agreement.
Perles, 84, did not immediately respond to HuffPost's request for comments, and Ludwig could not be reached.
"This shows that the defendant Michigan State University not only knew that the defendant Nassar sexually abused and sexually assaulted minors, but also would do everything possible to hide this behavior, "says the lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit, Davis later became pregnant and had a miscarriage. Davis said that Nassar is the only person who could have been the father.
Davis's attorney, Brian McKeen, did not immediately respond to HuffPost's request for comment.
MSU spokeswoman Emily Guerrant responded to the lawsuit in a statement on Tuesday to HuffPost.
"We deeply feel the abuses committed by Larry Nassar and the trauma experienced by all the survivors of sexual assault.Sexual abuse, assault and violence in relationships are not tolerated in our university community.While the protocols and procedures mentioned in this The lawsuit does not reflect how the sexual assault lawsuits are handled at the MSU, we take the allegations very seriously and we examine the situation, "he said.
"MSU is working diligently to create a university community where all members feel safe to study and work without the threat of sexual misconduct and violence in relationships," Guerriz continued. "At the same time, we want to make sure that when survivors of sexual assault or relational violence show up, receive respectful treatment, be heard and provide adequate support throughout the reporting process"
In October 1992, Davis, along with some friends, reported the rape to the MSU police department, but was told she had to report it to the athletic department since she was an athlete.
When Davis said he had informed the athletic department and nothing happened, an MSU detective "explicitly told them he had no power to investigate anything that happened in the athletic department." According to the lawsuit, the sergeant told Davis that Perles is a "powerful man" and that he should just release him.
Davis later lost her field hockey scholarship and currently suffers from anxiety and depression, including a suicide attempt a year after she says Nassar raped her. According to the lawsuit, Davis also avoided gynecological exams due to trauma. When she finally underwent a real gynecological examination, she discovered that she had been infected with the HPV virus at some point, which later caused cervical cancer.
"The defendant Michigan State University could have prevented hundreds of girls and women from being sexually assaulted by defendant Nassar if they had acted appropriately, decently and legally in 1992," the lawsuit states.
Nassar is accused of sexually abusing more than 265 young women under the guise of medical treatment. He was sentenced to three concurrent prison terms during the past year on charges of child pornography and child sexual abuse. Nassar appealed his three sentences, all of which have been denied.