Former Michigan State University physician and USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to serve from 40-175 years behind bars in early 2018 after having pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography, possession of pornographic images of children and 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with young women and underage girls.

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Judge Rosemarie Aquilina presided over Nassar’s trial, then allowed nearly 100 of his accusers to make victim impact statements during his sentencing hearing.

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“I think it’s the biggest gift you can give a victim is to believe them and give them a voice in a safe space,” says the judge.

Judge Aquilina was accused of bias by Nassar and his legal team. Watch the video above to learn why she says both sides were angry with her.

She also contributed to author Abigail Pesta's book The Girls: An All-American Town, a Predatory Doctor, and the Untold Story of the Gymnasts Who Brought Him Down.

Check here to find out where you can watch this Dr. Phil exclusive featuring Judge Aquilina, and two of Nassar’s victims, airing Thursday. 


This program contains strong sexual content. Viewer discretion advised.

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