Michigan State to Pay $500M in Settlements to Larry Nassar Victims


Michigan State University has reached a $500 million settlement with victims of Larry Nassar, the former MSU doctor who admitted to sexually abusing women under the pretense of medical treatment. Since that time, even more accusers have stepped forward, which accounts for the larger number of people covered by the Michigan State agreement.

Nassar treated hundreds of girls and women on Michigan State University's campus. She had both praise and criticism for the university with the announcement of the settlement. This is about justice for the survivors; each of the women who came forward deserve justice.

Nassar's assaults were mostly committed in MI at his Lansing-area home, campus clinic and area gyms.

Nassar is now being held in federal jail and will likely remain there for the rest of his life. But his accusers also said he molested them at a gymnastics-training ranch in Texas and at national and global competitions.

It does not address allegations against other groups for which Nassar worked. At least one swimmer was among those to testify that Nassar had sexually abused them as children. They said Nassar would use a sheet or his body to block the parent's view. His clinic was decorated with signed photos of Olympic stars, bolstering his credentials to star-struck athletes and their families.

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Victim and former gymnast Aly Raisman appears before speaking at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, in Lansing, Mich., Jan. 19, 2018.

"The historic settlement came about through the bravery of more than 300 women and girls who had the courage to stand up and refuse to be silenced", John Manly, one of the lawyers representing the victims, said in a statement as reported by the Post. According to ESPN, the school has also cut ties with former president Lou Anna Simon and former athletic director Mark Hollis as a result of the Nassar scandal. The fallout has also pushed out many leaders at the top of competitive gymnastics.

State regulators filed a complaint Wednesday against Dr. William Strampel, who was dean of Michigan State University's medical school.

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

In a joint statement from the survivors and MSU, the parties announced that the settlement neither includes any confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements, nor will it impact the ongoing litigation many survivors have against USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee, Bela and Martha Karolyi, or any other parties. State and capital appropriations were valued at $338 million.