Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Michigan State agrees to $500M settlement with victims of Larry Nassar

Michigan State agrees to $500M settlement with victims of Larry Nassar

The agreement with the lawyers representing 332 women and girls was a "global settlement", the university said. The U.S. Olympic Committee, the Twistars gymnastics club and former Olympic coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi have also been sued.

"This 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", said attorney John Manly who represents the victims.

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.more +.

For the sake of comparison, Penn State University paid out $109 million to 35 of Jerry Sandusky's victims, which is approximately 2.5 times more money per victim than MSU's Nassar settlement. The school, however, has insisted that no one covered up assaults. Since then, nearly 300 women and girls have publicly accused Nassar of abuse, and almost all during medical appointments.

Nassar handled campus athletes and scores of younger gymnasts at his Michigan State workplace, constructing a world popularity whereas working on the similar time for USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. Michigan State University, his former employer, argued it's immune as a state institution from being sued - and noted the statute of limitations on numerous cases had expired.

Student groups and faculty have long called for more significant action from MSU's administration regarding the Nassar scandal, including asking members of MSU's Board of Trustees to resign so the university could move on and recover and strengthening university policies regarding sexual abuse.

Last year, Nassar was also sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for possessing sexual images of children.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, whose office prosecuted Nassar and whose office is conducting an investigation of sexual misconduct at MSU, said in a statement Wednesday: "I am pleased for the survivors of Larry Nassar's mistreatment that this settlement is occurring". Per the same CNN article, the university claimed to have not known of the doctor's acts until they were first published in a newspaper report two summers ago. Nassar's work far away from campus was spelled out in his employment contract with Michigan State.

Amid intense backlash, Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon resigned in January.

John Engler, who took over as interim president of MSU, was given a mandate to find settlements to the hundreds of lawsuits the school was facing.

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