Michigan State Reaches Settlement With 332 Larry Nassar Victims

Charlene Craig
May 17, 2018

"However, I am deeply disappointed at the missed opportunity for meaningful reform and change at the University".

The deal was announced Wednesday by Michigan State and lawyers for 332 victims.

As a result of today's agreement between the attorneys representing 332 claimants and representatives from Michigan State, $425 million will be distributed to claimants who are now part of the lawsuits. Lawyers will also be compensated out of the $500 million pool.

Per The Free Press, how Michigan State pays out the settlement will be surveyed closely.

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"This is a passion all of the Sister Survivors share, and one which has not diminished or changed", she said.

Nassar pleaded guilty in a series of trials to molesting women and girls under the guise of medical treatment. After serving that sentence, he will serve two sentences - one that's 40 to 175 years and another that's 40 to 125 years - in two MI counties for a total of 10 sexual assault charges. His dismissal came less than a month after former gymnast Rachael Denhollander filed a criminal complaint saying Nassar had sexually assaulted her while treating her for back pain years earlier. He assaulted females at his campus clinic, Lansing-area home, area gyms and major gymnastics events. "They are going to be there, holding these people accountable until this changes", Manly said. Former Michigan State gymnastics coach Kathie Klages resigned past year after she was suspended for defending Nassar.

Many athletes also placed blame on USA Gymnastics, claiming the organization didn't do enough to prevent Nassar's horrific crimes. They said they had little choice to see doctors other than Nassar, who was renowned throughout the sport.

Other cases involved participants in soccer, figure skating, rowing, softball, cheerleading, wrestling, diving, dance, and track and field.

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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.

Amid intense backlash, Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon resigned in January. He built an global reputation while working at the same time for USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

The school has about 39,000 undergraduate students. The Free Press reports that MSU now has $1.1 billion in unrestricted free assets. Roughly $983 million comes from tuition and fees, and $281 million is from the state.

USA Gymnastics, the United States Olympic Committee and Twistars gymnastics club, located in MI, are also named in the lawsuit, according to Jamie White, who represents 46 survivors. The USA Gymnastics board was dismantled by the trial as well, with the entire board being forced to resign at the order of the United States Olympic Committee following the trial. There are also now 150 civil lawsuits filed against Nassar. Denhollander reacted to the settlement with a statement on her Facebook page.

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