Michigan State University to pay $US500 million to Larry Nassar victims

Posted May 17, 2018

Michigan State College agreed to pay $500 million to settle claims from greater than 300 girls and women who mentioned they have been assaulted by sports activities physician Larry Nassar within the worst sex-abuse case in sports activities historical past, officers introduced Wednesday.

Greater than 250 girls and women gave statements in court docket when Nassar was sentenced in January and February.

MSU and attorneys representing the victims announced Wednesday that $425 million would go to those who filed the lawsuits and $75 million to a trust fund to protect any future claimants who allege abuse by Nassar.

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

Jennifer Collins is the aunt of an MSU student and agrees that it's important for the university to do more than a settlement.

It is not clear how much each victim will receive, although the money will not be divided equally.

Breslin continued: "We recognise the need for change on our campus and in our community around sexual assault awareness and prevention".

Nassar also served as team doctor for US gymnasts at four Olympic games, and his victims have included a number of former Olympians.

The settlement only concerns Michigan State.

Former gymnast Rachael Denhollander was the first to make a criminal complaint to police in 2016. Nassar had an global reputation while working at the same time for USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

In regards to Nassar's victims, Jamie White - a representative of dozens of the women that confirmed the settlement - said: "I don't think they can ever be made whole, but this is a step in the right direction", per The Free Press. Any suggestion that the university engaged in a coverup is "simply false", a school statement said. Alison Overholt, an ESPN vice president, says the women and girls who spoke out about how Nassar sexually abused them have shown "what it truly means to speak truth to power".

In 2014, for example, Amanda Thomashow reported Nassar's abuse to Michigan State officials.

Boyce says in her statement today, "I will not rest until we see changes in policy at MSU and state legislation in order to further shine a light on the culture of abuse that exists in our society". Penn State's agreement was reached with 33 victims, whereas MSU had almost 10 times more plaintiffs.

Some of the women abused by Nassar are star gymnasts, including US Olympic medallists McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles, and have already spoken out.

"The answer to that question lies in the failure of not one, but three major institutions to stop him - with Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee".

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the university and find out who knew what, when and what they did about it.

Now the New York Times reports that Michigan State has reached a half-a-billion dollar settlement with Nassar victims.