Michigan State Comes To $500 Million Settlement With Nassar Victims

17 May, 2018, 01:20 | Author: Anita Tucker
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"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".

Michigan State University is expected to pay the $500 million out of pocket and then sue their insurance company to get the money back, according to a source with knowledge of the settlement.

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.

The settlement does not apply to other organizations still facing lawsuits over Nassar's abuse, including the United States Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and famed former Olympic coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi.

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Of the total, $425 million will go to current claimants, meaning the 332 people being represented by the lawyers.

Brian Breslin, chairman of the university's board of trustees, released a statement welcoming the end of the litigation and apologising to Nassar's victims and their families.

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.

Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison after he was convicted of abusing 140 girls and one boy while he was a sports physician at Michigan State University for almost two decades and as a doctor for the Olympic gymnastics team. The remaining $75 million will be set aside for victims who come forward in the future.

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The US Department of Education is also investigating the public university's handling of reports of Nassar's abuse.

Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar listens during the sentencing phase in Eaton, County Circuit Court on January 31, 2018 in Charlotte, Mich.

FILE PHOTO: Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, stands in court during his sentencing hearing in the Eaton County Court in Charlotte, Michigan, U.S., February 5, 2018. John Engler, the former MI governor, was named the interim president by the board of trustees. Nassar's work far away from campus was spelled out in his employment contract with Michigan State. The university was reportedly warned about Nassar's behavior as early as 1992, but the school continued to employ him.

"This has been a very long and exhausting road, especially for those who have been so vocal from the very beginning of this case", Lemke said in a statement Wednesday. She says many survivors "still have no voice".

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

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