MSU reaches settlement with Nassar survivors for $500M

  • MSU reaches settlement with Nassar survivors for $500M

MSU reaches settlement with Nassar survivors for $500M

Michigan State University students will help pay a $500 million settlement for victims of Larry Nassar, a former professor and sports doctor who sexually abused hundreds of young girls.

"A successful resolution to the litigation is a positive step in moving us all forward", MSU board Chairman Brian Breslin said in a statement.

Michigan State University, his former employer, argued it's immune as a state institution from being sued - and noted the statute of limitations on numerous cases had expired. We will continue working as a Board to address the necessary changes and improvements that are needed at our university.

Victims alleged that Michigan State covered up Nassar's abuse and ignored reports of sexual misconduct.

Michigan State and lawyers for 332 victims announced Wednesday that they have reached a $500 million settlement. If he ever released, he faces up to 175 years in a MI state prison for first-degree criminal sexual conduct. It does not include USA Gymnastics, the United State Olympic Committee, the Karolyi's, Twistars, John Geddert, or other parties.

"Michigan State is pleased that we have been able to agree in principle on a settlement that is fair to the survivors of Nassar's crimes".

Nassar, 54, is now serving a 60-year sentence in federal prison for child pornography. She says she is also disappointed that a resolution hasn't been reached with other organizations such as USA Gymnastics.

Nassar began volunteering as an athletic trainer for the USAG in the 1980s, working with the USA national gymnastics team.

Dr. Larry Nassar 54 appears in court for a plea hearing in Lansing Mich. on Nov. 22 2017
Dr. Larry Nassar 54 appears in court for a plea hearing in Lansing Mich. on Nov. 22 2017

Nassar also was on the MSU faculty and saw patients at MSU's Sports Medicine Clinic, as well as working with MSU athletes. The university was reportedly warned about Nassar's behavior as early as 1992, but the school continued to employ him.

Nassar pleaded guilty to assaulting victims with his hands under the guise of treatment.

In their lawsuits, the women generally contended the intravaginal treatments occurred without consent and without use of gloves.

"That being said, my investigation is still open and ongoing", said Bill Forsyth, the special prosecutor appointed by Attorney General Bill Schuette to investigate how Nassar's abuse went on for years. At least one swimmer was among those to testify that Nassar had sexually abused them as children.

Nassar was also a doctor for the U.S. National Women's Gymnastics Team.

The settlement drew mixed reviews from those abused by Nassar.

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

The Michigan medical license of Larry Nassar's former boss could be in jeopardy. He pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges and 10 counts of criminal sexual conduct in MI courts. His sentencing in state court this year drew global attention as hundreds of his victims described their abuse.