Michigan State University To Pay $500 Million To Larry Nassar Victims


The Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday that the university agreed to the half-billion dollar settlement, which includes $425 million that will be paid out to the now known victims.

Former gymnast Rachael Denhollander issued statements on social media Wednesday about the $500 million settlement between Nassar's former employer and 332 victims.

Lawyers representing 332 Nassar victims negotiated the settlement with the school.

A victim credited with exposing serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar says she is grateful to have reached a legal settlement with Michigan State University that reflects the "incredible damage" that took place on campus.

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In January, more than 150 women testified at trial about Nassar's pattern of sexual abuse. These defendants include "USA Gymnastics; the U.S. Olympic Committee; Twistars, a local gym where Nassar saw patients on a weekly basis; and specific individuals at some of those institutions".

"Michigan State is pleased that we have been able to agree in principle on a settlement that is fair to the survivors of Nassar's crimes". Under the agreement, US$425 million would be paid to current claimants and US$75 million would be set aside for any future claims.

USA Gymnastics reported Nassar to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in July 2015, but he continued to see patients at the university until a newspaper exposed him in September 2016.

He adds that resolving the litigation "is a positive step in moving us all forward".

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Nassar, who had worked as a doctor for the USA Gymnastics federation and also served at an on-campus clinic at Michigan State, earlier this year received a prison sentence of up to 175 years after pleading guilty last year to criminal sexual conduct. She says she is also disappointed that a resolution hasn't been reached with other organizations such as USA Gymnastics.

Trustee Brian Breslin, chairman of MSU's governing board, said the school is "truly sorry" for what victims and their families went through and says the school recognizes a "need for change" in sexual assault awareness and prevention.

The sexual abuse settlement appears to be one of the largest of its kind, reflecting the sheer number of victims, including well-known athletes such as 2012 Olympic gold medallist McKayla Maroney.

Over the span of two weeks, more than 150 victims spoke in a Lansing courtroom, detailing what Nassar had done to him and how he had changed their lives. He built an worldwide reputation while working at the same time for USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

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Michigan State is a publicly funded school with an annual budget of about $1.3 billion.