Published: Thu, May 17, 2018

Larry Nassar Victims Reach $500 Million Settlement With Michigan State University

Larry Nassar Victims Reach $500 Million Settlement With Michigan State University

Michigan State University has reached a $500 million settlement with the sexual abuse victims of former faculty member and sports team doctor Larry Nassar, seen here at his January 28 sentencing hearing.

Michigan State University has agreed to pay $500 million to settle the legal claims brought by 332 survivors of the sexual abuse committed by Larry Nassar, a longtime doctor there, the university announced Wednesday.

Nassar admitted in court to using his position as a trusted medical doctor to sexually abuse young girls and women who came to him for medical care for about two decades.

Michigan State and lawyers for 332 victims announced the deal after negotiating privately with the help of a mediator.

Over time hundreds more were encouraged to break their silence, among them household names like Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber.

He was sentenced to 60 years in prison on child pornography charges, 40 to 175 years in prison on sexual assault charges and 40 to 125 years in prison on additional sexual assault charges.

After telling Nassar his sentence, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina responded, "I just signed your death warrant". "We recognize the need for change on our campus and in our community around sexual assault awareness and prevention".

It applies to only the university and MSU individuals sued in the litigation - not to claims against USA Gymnastics, the United States Olympic Committee, Bela and Martha Karolyi, Twistars, John Geddert or other parties, a university press release says.

MSU said that $425 million will. Denhollander reacted to the settlement with a statement on her Facebook page.

Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to come forward with public allegations of sexual abuse by Nassar, had pressed MSU for reforms to prevent future sexual abuse. This is about justice for the survivors; each of the women who came forward deserve justice. "It is the honest hope of all of the survivors that the legacy of this settlement will be far reaching institutional reform that will end the threat of sexual assault in sports, schools and throughout our society".

MSU said the university's Board of Trustees approved the settlement during a conference call Tuesday night. "Those who spoke at the many days of sentencing remain in my thoughts every day, and their strength is an inspiration to us all", said Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

In 2014, the university determined that his "pelvic floor" treatments were medically legitimate, despite complaints.

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