Recordings show coworker defending Nassar after firing

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — One of the Michigan State University doctors who worked closely with Larry Nassar spent much of his interview with MSU police defending his colleague.

Dr. Jeffrey Kovan has since said he no longer supports Nassar, but the 2016 recordings obtained through the Freedom of Information Act hold a much different tone.

Kovan is one of seven MSU employees currently being investigated by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

"He's not the person that's ever gonna harm or hurt anybody," Kovan told investigators shortly after the university fired Nassar. "If it ever happened, it was never intended. I truly believe that about him. That being said wonderful, wonderful people sometimes do crazy things."

Kovan answered questions for just over 30 minutes. They discussed several things, including the 2014 Title IX investigation prompted by Amanda Thomashow. She went to Kovan after being assaulted during an appointment.

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