Feb 5, 2018

Larry Nassar sentenced up to 125 years in sexual abuse case

Larry Nassar during sentencing. Photo: Jeff Kowalsky / AFP via Getty Images

Former gymnastics doctor for the USA Gymnastics team and Michigan State University, Larry Nassar, was sentenced to an additional 40 to 125 years in prison on Monday, CNN reports.

The backdrop: Nassar has been accused by more than 200 women of sexual harassment and assault. At his sentencing hearing, he apologized for his actions, saying that the victim statements had “impacted me to my innermost core,” per CNN.

"It's impossible to convey the depth and breadth of how sorry I am to each and everyone involved. The visions of your testimonies will forever be present in my thoughts."
Larry Nassar during sentencing.
  • Previously, Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct and 60 years for possession of child pornography.

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Why it matters: This decision came at the conclusion of a protracted argument between players, clubs and even government officials over who should bear the brunt of lost revenue in the midst of the pandemic.

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Spaces CEO Brad Herman had an early warning about COVID-19 because his startup supplies VR attractions to a number of theme parks in China. Realizing that the business he spent the last few years building was going to evaporate, Herman quickly found a new way to apply his team's know-how: helping companies host Zoom teleconferences in VR.

Why it matters: Many startups are rethinking the viability of their core businesses in the wake of the coronavirus. Spaces' move is one of many such pivots likely to crop up in the coming months.