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Nassar survivor alleges secret $250K payoff attempt by MSU Interim President Engler

Nassar survivor alleges secret $250K payoff attempt by MSU Interim President Engler

Kaylee Lorincz spoke during a contentious board of trustees meeting, where interim President John Engler expressed regret over the university's response to another woman's federal lawsuit over the school's handling of rape allegations involving basketball players.

Kaylee Lorincz, 18, said this all happened on March 28, when she and her mother went to the college to see about speaking at an upcoming board meeting.

Lorincz went on to say that she felt "bullied" by the conversation, especially after Engler mentioned that he'd had a similar conversation with another Nassar victim named Rachael Denhollander, and she'd given him a payoff number.

Lorincz told those at the Board of Trustees meeting that she felt very uncomfortable in the private meeting with Engler, especially when Engler told her that Rachael Denhollander - the first Nassar victim to publicly come forward with her story of abuse by Nassar, back in September 2016 - had already given him a settlement number.

Engler's spokesperson denied that the interim president had offered Lorincz $250,000 to drop her suit. When she was told that her time to speak was over, the crowd began chanting "let her speak".

Lorincz said that when she explained it wasn't about the money, he told her to give her a number.

"My interpretation of the discussion was not that he was saying I'm offering you $250,000, it was a discussion about the civil litigation and how it was going on", said Guerrant, who added that she was in attendance for the meeting. Carol Viventi, Vice President and Special Counsel to the President, was also in the meeting she said.

To make matters worse, Engler and Viventi's version of events do not track with Denhollander's own.

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FOX 47 is sending a crew to Friday's meeting and will have complete coverage of the meeting later Friday on FOX 47, and the FOX 47 mobile app. But to her surprise, Engler shifted the conversation to what it would take to settle the civil lawsuit that she and other Nassar victims have filed against the university in federal court.

Parents of sexual abuse victims, from left, Glen Black, Tammy Bourque-Stemas, and Valerie von Frank stand by the elevator waiting for trustees to arrive for a Michigan State University board meeting on April 13, 2018 in Lansing, Michigan.

The university's immediate response to reporters asking about the lawsuit was to decline comment.

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Lorincz's attorney in the civil suit, John Manly, confirmed Friday that Lorincz had informed him of this meeting with Engler previously.

The former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison after decades of sexual abuse. Students remain anxious over the future course of the university, which concludes the school year this month but has yet to choose a permanent replacement for Simon. "President Engler and his lawyer had just attempted to coerce me into settling without my lawyer present". Some Nassar victims wrapped their mouths with black bands that had the phrase "Silenced" scrawled over them.

The proposed rate increase is 2.97 percent. But not before "teasing" a much larger tuition hike to cover the costs of the many Larry Nassar lawsuits that have been brought against MSU. "Larry did that to me too and look how that turned out, '" Lorincz told the Board of Trustees.