Victim Lorincz accuses Michigan State interim president of payoff offer
4/13/2018 9:01:59 PM EST
Sexual assault victim Kaylee Lorincz alleged that Michigan State interim president John Engler recently pressured her to accept a secret $250,000 payoff to settle her lawsuit during comments she made at the university's trustees meeting on Friday.
Lorincz is one of approximately 200 victims who have filed suits after being molested by Larry Nassar, the former sports doctor at Michigan State who also served in the USA Gymnastics program.
Lorincz, now a freshman at Adrian College, divulged the details of a March 28 meeting with Engler in which she said he turned the conversation to her ongoing civil suit against the university and pressured her to "give me a number."
"I just wanted a five-minute conversation to introduce myself and to let President Engler be able to put a face with the word 'survivor' since he has not met with any of the girls," Lorincz told ESPN. "Five minutes turned into an hour. President Engler's main focus was dollar signs."
Lorincz told the board of trustees that she informed Engler her lawsuit wasn't about the money.
Engler didn't make any attempt to deny Lorincz's claims during the trustees meeting.
Engler's spokesperson, Emily Gerkin Guerrant, said she was in the room during the conversation and doesn't recall hearing a dollar figure.
"My interpretation of the discussion was not that he was saying, 'I'm offering you $250,000,'" Guerrant said. "It was a discussion about the civil litigation and how it was going on."
Trustees Mitch Lyons and Brian Mosallam were stunned by the allegations.
"I'm deeply troubled if the comments attributed to Engler are correct," Lyons told ESPN.
Said Mosallam: "If Kaylee Lorincz's story is correct, I am beyond disturbed. I'm disgusted."
Engler became interim president in January after Lou Anna Simon resigned due to Nassar being sentenced for the crimes against Michigan State students.
--Field Level Media