Michigan State reaches $500 million settlement with Nassar victims

Larry Nassar listens during his sentencing at Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte on Feb. 5 2018

Larry Nassar listens during his sentencing at Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte on Feb. 5 2018

Roughly 300 victims have come forward, saying Nassar sexually assaulted them under the guise of medical treatment.

The suits claim that the other defendants had opportunities to put an end to Nassar's abuse and failed to do so, and that those organizations were accountable for allowing the former doctor to sexually abuse women for over 20 years. The U.S. Olympic Committee, the Twistars gymnastics club and former Olympic coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi have also been sued.

In a press release, survivors' attorney John Manly said, "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".

Newsy's partners at WXYZ report $425 million will be paid now to the more than 300 survivors who've filed claims. He was also found to have child pornography and is serving prison sentences that will likely keep him locked up for life.

The lawsuits were filed in federal court in Grand Rapids, Michigan and state courts in California, where the victims allege that MSU, USA Gymnastics, and people involved in both institutions didn't protect them from Nassar's actions.

The settlement only applies to cases brought against Michigan State University and individuals associated with the school.

At his sentencing hearing in January, more than 200 victims spoke out about the abuse they suffered at Nassar's hands, including Olympian Ally Raisman, who made a powerful statement reclaiming her own agency.

With a stellar reputation as the doctor to Olympic champions, Nassar had evaded scrutiny several times since the late 1990s by insisting his abuse was actually cutting-edge treatment that was misunderstood by some patients.

Michigan State and lawyers for 332 victims announced Wednesday that they have reached a $500 million settlement. And assuming it becomes final, the settlement will not resolve many other aspects of this situation for Michigan State, which is under investigation by the Education Department and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

White said numerous survivors and himself are encouraged that MSU will take this experience as an opportunity to set an example as an institution.

He treated campus athletes and scores of young gymnasts at his Michigan State office.

MSU Interim President John Engler has said the settlement will be paid by tuition and state aid, the Detroit Free Press reported. The school continued to employ him after he was the subject of a sexual assault investigation in 2014.

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