Michigan State University reaches $500M settlement with Larry Nassar victims

Ruben Hill
May 17, 2018

Michigan State University will pay $500 million to settle lawsuits brought by 332 victims of Larry Nassar, the former associate professor and doctor who sexually abused hundreds of young girls and women. Under the agreement, $425 million would be paid to current claimants and $75 million would be set aside for any future claims.

Some women say they raised concerns about Nassar's treatments to people at MSU or USAG, only to have those concerns dismissed or ignored.

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"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 some of the women and girls.

Broad outlines of the settlement were reached Tuesday and state legislators were being briefed Wednesday on the details, according to Gongwer News Service. He was also found to have child pornography and is serving prison sentences that will likely keep him locked up for life.

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. "We appreciate the diligent efforts of Mick Grewal and the survivors' attorneys across the nation who worked to obtain this measure of justice and healing".

MSU officials say there will be no confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements attached to the settlement. Lawsuits against USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and others remain unresolved.

"We are truly sorry to all the survivors and their families for what they have been through, and we admire the courage it has taken to tell their stories", said Brian Breslin, chairman of Michigan State's governing board. We will continue working as a Board to address the necessary changes and improvements that are needed at our university.

Since January, MSU's administration ranks have been in complete upheaval, starting with the resignation of longtime President Lou Anna Simon, followed by the early retirements of Athletic Director Mark Hollis and longtime General Counsel Bob Noto.

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

Nassar pleaded guilty to molesting women and girls under the guise that it was treatment.

In 2015, several members of the US national gymnastics team told USAG about Nassar's intravaginal treatments, and he was quietly dropped as team doctor.

The settlement drew mixed reviews from those abused by Nassar.

The Michigan medical license of Larry Nassar's former boss could be in jeopardy.

In addition to the complaint, Strampel is facing a felony charge of misconduct in office, a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty.

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