EAST LANSING, Mich. (WOOD/WLNS) — A lawsuit filed Monday claims Larry Nassar drugged and raped a patient more than 25 years ago, and Michigan State University Trustee George Perles helped bury the allegation.
The suit gives the plaintiff's real name, Erika Davis. She was an MSU field hockey player in 1992 when she became injured and went to see Nassar in the spring of that year.
Davis stated in the lawsuit she was told there was nothing she could do about the sexual abuse she suffered and to forget about it. She said her repressed memories resurfaced when she saw herself in one of Nassar's training videos airing on TV.
Based on the dates documented in court paperwork, the alleged rape is the earliest-known assault committed by Nassar under the guise of medical treatment. It also appears to be the earliest report of Nassar that went ignored or was minimized by MSU officials.
The suit states Davis was "groomed" by Nassar, that he had a cameraman filming appointments and asked that she take part in a "flexibility study through the College of Osteopathic Medicine" during her initial appointment.
A week later, according to the suit, Davis returned for another appointment. This time Nassar gave her a crushed up pill in a drink, which she took thinking it was for her injured knee.
The lawsuit then describes in detail Nassar raping Davis while she was in a daze.
The suit goes on to allege Davis was a virgin before that appointment and tested positive for a pregnancy after the assault. She eventually miscarried later that summer.
Davis also claims that she told her coach about the sex assault, and that the coach confronted Nassar, got the videotape, and reported it to then-Athletic Director George Perles back in 1992.
The suit claims that Perles ultimately fired the coach, made her return the video tape, and sign a non-disclosure agreement regarding the allegation.
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