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Michigan Judge Dismisses Complaints Made By Larry Nassar About His Sentencing Hearing

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LANSING, Mich. — Larry Nassar told a circuit court judge in a letter this week that he wasn’t sure if he was mentally able to handle facing a week of comments from the women he has admitted to abusing for decades.

Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in November. Part of the plea deal allowed all of the 135 women who have accused Nassar of abusing them — many when they sought him out for medical treatment — to confront him and share their stories with the court. He wrote a six-page letter to Judge Rosemarie Aquilina this week detailing his concerns about the sentencing hearing for his mental health.

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Nassar’s letter accused the judge of grandstanding and conducting a “media circus” during the hearing that started Tuesday. Nassar said the judge placed him in the witness box to face the women speaking out against him so that cameras would also be pointed in her direction. Aquilina told him he was in the witness box so that the women didn’t have to turn to address him while facing the court.

“I have to say, this isn’t worth the paper it’s written on,” Aquilina said about Nassar’s letter. “There’s no truth in here. It’s delusional.”

Aquilina told him that mental health officials and emergency medical technicians are on alert, should he need them. She did not take pity on what he said was a call for help in the form of his letter.

“You may find it harsh that you are here listening,” she said. “But nothing is as harsh as what your victims endured for thousands of hours at your hands.”

Aquilina said she will address more of the lengthy letter at the conclusion of the sentencing hearing, which is scheduled to end Friday. She is not sure yet if she will release it in full to the public.

On Thursday morning, Aquilina heard from former Olympic gymnasts Jamie Dantzscher and McKayla Maroney. A prosecutor read a statement from Maroney, who won gold and silver medals at the 2012 Olympics. Maroney said Nassar “left scars on [her] psyche that may never go away.”

The hearing will continue until each of the women who wishes to speak has had an opportunity to do so. More than 100 women are expected to address Nassar in the courtroom; 51 spoke on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Prosecutors said more women continue to come forward asking for an opportunity to address the court, emboldened by watching others during the previous days.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Eugenie Bouchard In Court As She Sues Us Open After Falling And Hitting Her Head There Two-years Ago

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EUGENIE BOUCHARD has begun her court case where she is suing organisers of the US Open after suffering concussion in a fall at the tournament in 2015.

Canadian tennis star Bouchard is demanding damages worth millions of pounds after hitting her head on the floor when she slipped in one of the dressing rooms at Flushing Meadows.

Getty Images – Getty Eugenie Bouchard is suing the USTA for damages after suffering a fall at the US Open in 2015

The former top-five ranked player was forced to withdraw from the singles, doubles and mixed doubles events at the Grand Slam event – denying her the opportunity of thousands in prize money.

She launched legal action against the United States Tennis Association six weeks later, and despite several meetings since then neither party has reached any agreement on a settlement.

The 23-year-old claims she suffered the fall after slipping on cleaning fluid she claims had been left on the ground in the changing room.

But the USTA deny liability, and claim she assumed the risk herself by entering the room outside of normal hours.

Getty Images – Getty Bouchard in action at Flushing Meadow just hours before she suffered her fall

AFP – Getty Eugenie Bouchard beat Dominika Cibulkova to reach the fourth round – but was forced to pull out hours later after suffering concussion in a dressing room fall

A federal jury has been sworn in for the hearing in New York, where Bouchard’s lawyers claimed the tumble on September 4 2015 came in a room slick with heavy duty cleaning spray.

Earlier that day she had reached the fourth round of the Grand Slam event in New York with victory over Dominika Cibulkova.

 

They claim there were no warnings that the floor was slippery when the incident happened around 11pm, her lawyer Benedict Morelli said.

But counsel defending the USTA say staff followed usual guidelines and only put down the spray in the belief all the players and trainers had left for the day.

AP:Associated Press Bouchard played just once in 2015 after the fall – and dizziness forced her to pull out of the game in Beijing

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Shakhtar Donetsk Vs Roma: Tv Channel, Live Stream, Team News, And Kick-off Time For The Champions League Match

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ROMA are preparing to face off against Shakhtar Donetsk in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Both sides managed to navigate through tough groups to reach the last-16.

AFP Edin Dzeko and his Roma team-mates travel to Shakhtar in the Champions League this week

Roma finished above Chelsea to avoid Barcelona, instead landing a tie against the Ukrainians.

Meanwhile, Shakhtar edged out Napoli to finish behind Manchester City in Group F.

Both teams will be confident of progressing into the quarters.

Here’s everything you need to know about the clash:

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What time is kick-off?

The first-leg takes place on Wednesday, February 21.

The Metalist Stadium will play host to the contest.

It kicks-off at 7.45pm.

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Sevilla Vs Atletico Madrid: Tv Channel, Live Stream, Team News And Kick-off Time For La Liga Encounter

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SEVILLA will look to claim their third victory in a row in La Liga as they prepare to welcome second-placed Atletico Madrid for their matchday encounter.

The Los Rojiblancos have a wretched record versus the top four teams this season, having failed to take points off either of the sides during their fixture list.

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EPA Diego Simeone has 14 games to overturn a seven-point deficit to league leaders Barcelona

Atletico are on a run of seven straight games without defeat in the league that has seen them emerge as leaders Barcelona’s only real challengers for the title this season.

The 2014 La Liga champions beat Sevilla 2-0 in September, only for the latter to seek revenge in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, with a convincing 5-2 win on aggregate.

Reuters Antoine Griezmann scores in Athletico’s win over Sevilla back in September

What time is kick-off?

THIS game takes place on Sunday, February 25. 

The match will be held at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

Kick-off time is at 7:45pm.

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