Thursday, 19 July, 2018

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

Larry Nassar Survivors and Michigan State University announce they have successfully resolved existing litigation and agreed in principle to a $500 million global settlement Victims of ex-Olympic doctor Larry Nassar settle with Michigan State for $500 million payment
Betsy Taylor | 17 May, 2018, 02:03

Trustee Brian Breslin says Michigan State recognizes the "need for change" when it comes to sexual assault awareness and prevention.

On the same day the settlement was announced, ESPN revealed the sexual abuse survivors who spoke out against Nassar will be this year's Arthur Ashe Courage Award winners, who will be honored July 18 at the ESPYs.

BC-US-GYM-Doctor-Sexual Assault, 1st Ld-Writethru, 119URGENTMichigan State and Nassar victims reach $500M settlementEds: Deletes lead paragraph.

Nassar, who had worked as a doctor for the USA Gymnastics federation and also served at an on-campus clinic at Michigan State, earlier this year received a prison sentence of up to 175 years after pleading guilty last year to criminal sexual conduct.

The state criminal inquiry into the university has so far yielded charges against William Strampel, the former dean of the MSU medical college where Nassar practiced.

White said numerous survivors and himself are encouraged that MSU will take this experience as an opportunity to set an example as an institution. It does not address lawsuits against USA Gymnastics, the US Olympic Committee, gymnastics coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi, or other parties.


It read: "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".

Now, in the midst of ongoing lawsuits and investigations, the sport of gymnastics is figuring out how to move forward; and advocates and victims, like Aly, are continuing to speak out about sexual assault and advocate for change.

Nassar treated campus athletes and scores of young gymnasts at his Michigan State office, building an worldwide reputation while working at the same time for USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. The amount is almost five times the amount of the sum paid out by Penn State University in the case of former basketball coach Jerry Sandusky.

Nassar is in a maximum security prison in Arizona, serving a 60-year federal child pornography sentence.

While numerous claimants are former MSU athletes, not all of them encountered Nassar at the school. The school continued to employ him after he was the subject of a sexual assault investigation in 2014. The university made $859 in tuition revenue for the 2016-17 school year. The university's financial assets were valued at $6.1 billion, with a net position of $3.9 billion, as of June 30, 2017.

Lorincz says she told him she wanted to help the university heal, but Engler said working together couldn't occur until the civil suits were settled.

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