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Attorney: ‘Victims of people more powerful than Nassar have yet to be heard'

Posted: 9:50 PM, Jun 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-24 01:50:04Z

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WSYM) - Reaction continues following Friday's emotional Michigan State University Board of Trustees meeting.

Nassar survivors and their families were left irate after the board decides that Interim President John Engler will keep his job.

Outrage continues after recently released e-mails show Engler criticizing Nassar survivors. In one e-mail, Engler suggests survivor Rachael Dehollander is receiving kickbacks from attorneys.

Karen Truszkowski, an attorney for other accusers of sexual assault on campus unrelated to Nassar, issued a statement to FOX 47 News.

Truszkowski says she’s looking into additional claims of sexual assault at Michigan State University and that victims of people more powerful than Larry Nassar have yet to be heard.

Read the complete statement below:

“Yesterday's MSU Board of Trustees meeting saw the approval of the Nassar settlement and an appearance of compassion as some members seemed to listen to the voices of the many women who were harmed. The remaining Trustees choose to stand with Engler and his record for maligning victims and creating greater harm in a time when thoughtful, purposeful and compassionate leadership, based upon integrity, is paramount. There are other voices - victims of people more powerful than Larry Nassar - who have yet to be heard. These voices have been silenced through intimidation to protect those with greater power and status. The Nassar victims can no longer legally require answers from officials regarding the culture of abuse. However, on behalf of my clients and others whose voices have been silenced by fear, I will ask those questions. It is in the best interest of the students, staff, and taxpayers of Michigan to examine the toxic culture that has fostered decades of abuse of MSU students. I am also examining the role of the NCAA and actionable claims as it relates to female Spartan athletes being violently assaulted by their male counterparts.”

Trustee Brian Mosallam kicked off Friday's meeting with a motion to oust Engler as interim president. With a vote of 6-2, the motion failed.

Trustee Mosallam and Dianne Byrum supported the motion.

A $500 million settlement for survivors of Larry Nassar was also approved by trustees Friday, which bonds will pay for.

The university has put a two-year freeze on tuition for incoming freshman.

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will see a hike below the state legislature's cap.