( CNN) Michigan Lawyer Shannon Smith is part of the defense team representing shamed sports physician Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to 10 counts of criminal sex conduct in two country courts.

But in an exclusive interview with WWJ Newsradio 950 in Detroit, Smith conveyed doubts about the true number of victims.

“I have a very hard time believing that my client could have even maybe assaulted that many people day in and day out in front of their parents, and that every single one of those things was a crime, but he was such a manipulator he got away with it, ” she told WWJ. “I only can’t imagine that’s true.”

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