$500m settlement for victims of US Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar

Larry Nassar Survivors and Michigan State University announce they have successfully resolved existing litigation and agreed in principle to a $500 million global settlement

Larry Nassar Survivors and Michigan State University announce they have successfully resolved existing litigation and agreed in principle to a $500 million global settlement

Seventy-five million of those funds will be set aside for future victims to come forward, while the remaining $425 million will be divided among the victims named in the suit.

The statement did not indicate how much money each victim would receive and it also did not say how Michigan State would pay the bill.

The settlement was announced Wednesday after two days of closed door sessions between lawyers for the university and survivors.

"Denhollander says she remains "deeply disappointed at the missed opportunity for meaningful reform at the university".

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 president of USA Gymnastics, which oversees the US Olympic team, as well as the entire board of directors resigned after at least 156 women came forward to testify against the disgraced ex-doctor.

The scandal is the biggest in US Olympic history and has had far-reaching effects - ending careers at USA Gymnastics, the Olympic committee and at Michigan State University. Picture: AP Larry Nassar sits during his sentencing hearing on January 24, 2018.

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


Penn State University paid out US$109 million to 35 victims of Jerry Sandusky, an American football coach who was convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of child rape or sexual abuse.

Nassar sexually assaulted women and girls while serving as a sports doctor at Michigan State.

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

Trustee Brian Breslin says Michigan State acknowledges the "want for change" in relation to sexual assault consciousness and prevention.

Michigan State was accused of ignoring or dismissing complaints about Nassar, some as far back as the 1990s.

Nassar is now being held in federal jail and will likely remain there for the rest of his life. He is now serving a 60-year sentence in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

The sexual abuse settlement appears to be one of the largest of its kind, reflecting the sheer number of victims, including well-known athletes such as 2012 Olympic gold medallist McKayla Maroney. He built an global reputation while working at the same time for USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. "This settlement from Michigan State is a huge victory for the survivors as it is the real first sign of accountability that we've seen".

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