Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Michigan State Reaches Settlement With 332 Larry Nassar Victims

Michigan State Reaches Settlement With 332 Larry Nassar Victims

The university also set aside an additional $75 million for any future victims who may come forward.

MSU has not detailed how it will pay the survivors or the families.

Survivor attorney James White said this is a chance for the survivors to begin to move forward.

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

The settlement was approved by the MSU board in a conference call Tuesday night.

The deal does not include any non-disclosure or confidentiality agreements, according to a statement from lawyers and the university. The agreement in principle still needs to be finalized.

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The settlement is only between the victims, MSU, and the university's current and past employees, and doesn't involve USA Gymnastics and other parties who have been sued.

The suits claim that the other defendants had opportunities to put an end to Nassar's abuse and failed to do so, and that those organizations were accountable for allowing the former doctor to sexually abuse women for over 20 years.

"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 John Manly, a lawyer for numerous victims. We appreciate the diligent efforts of. survivors' attorneys across the nation who worked to obtain this measure of justice and healing.

A victim credited with exposing serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar says she is grateful to have reached a legal settlement with Michigan State University that reflects the "incredible damage" that took place on campus. "We know that there's a problem in our state with childhood sexual abuse, and so to see this recognition hopefully it's going to clear up any lingering questions that some of our colleagues have about do we need some of this legislation to protect our children?" Those working on legislation inspired by Nassar say they will continue to pursue those changes to state law.

Nassar stands accused of molesting dozens of female student athletes while he was a doctor at MSU. He was also found to have child pornography and is serving prison sentences that will likely keep him locked up for life. The school has insisted that no one covered up assaults. John Engler, interim president, said costs will be borne through a combination of tuition and state aid, as the Detroit Free Press reported.

During a remarkable series of court hearings, dozens of women came forward to speak out against Nassar as well as the institutions that they said protected him, including Michigan State. The total settlement amount equals almost 30 percent of the university's total tuition revenue during the 2016-2017 academic year, according to the Detroit Free Press. Its general fund budget is $1.36 billion.

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