In secret testimony, Caruso was grilled about what USC knew about disgraced gynecologist Larry Nassar.
Caruso: “I have absolutely no reason to believe that USC knew that Larry Nassar was molesting people in our health care facilities. I have no reason to believe that they knew that he was abusing.”
“It was our policy not to disclose what may be a medical issue to a patient. We were not aware that Nassar had been assaulting patients for years and that it may have included patients that were in our care and/or in our health care facilities. We would not have disclosed it because we were not aware.”
Caruso: “It seems to be pretty standard practice not to mention that to patients?”
“What were your reasons for not disclosing this to patients?”
SCHNEIDER: “We had no reason to believe that our patients were in danger.”
“When you say you had no reason to believe they were in danger, you mean that you believed that they were safe?”
SCHNEIDER: “We absolutely believed the patients were safe and that their lives were not in danger. We did not, however, believe that they were safe from the physical abuse that Nassar was inflicting on them.”
“I understand that Nassar’s assaults on the patients were happening in the locker rooms, and in bathrooms, and on floors, and in the showers,” the witness said. “I know that you have talked about some of those areas. Is this a list of what we were talking about and what he was doing?”
“Yes, it is,” the attorney responded.
“How many places would you say are involved?”