Judge orders courtroom closed for testimony against Nassar

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FILE - In this July 23, 2004, file photo, Martha and Bela Karolyi watch together as the U.S. women's gymnastic team celebrates winning the gold medal at the Centennial Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. The latest lawsuit filed Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, accusing Dr. Larry Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics doctor, of sexually abusing a longtime member of the U.S. women's national team is the first to name renowned husband-and-wife coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi, alleging they turned a blind eye to molestations. The Karolyis did not return messages seeking comment. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

Judge orders courtroom closed for testimony against Nassar

FILE - In this July 23, 2004, file photo, Martha and Bela Karolyi watch together as the U.S. women's gymnastic team celebrates winning the gold medal at the Centennial Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. The latest lawsuit filed Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, accusing Dr. Larry Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics doctor, of sexually abusing a longtime member of the U.S. women's national team is the first to name renowned husband-and-wife coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi, alleging they turned a blind eye to molestations. The Karolyis did not return messages seeking comment. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) -- A judge has barred the public from the courtroom when two women and a teenage girl are expected to testify that a Michigan sports doctor sexually assaulted them during medical appointments.

The Lansing State Journal reports (http://on.lsj.com/2oftCJH ) Eaton County District Court Judge Julie Reincke said Friday she will allow one support person for each of the witnesses against Larry Nassar to be present for the June testimony. She says one print reporter will be allowed but will be prohibited from identifying the witnesses.

Nassar was a doctor for Michigan State University athletics and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. He's charged with molesting 10 girls in the Lansing area. Not-guilty pleas have been entered on his behalf.

Reincke's order also bars civil attorneys who are suing Nassar and Michigan State. MSU fired Nassar in September.

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