Michigan State Settles Nassar Suit for $500M

Michigan State Settles Nassar Suit for $500M

An American university has agreed to pay $500 million in damages to hundreds of girls and young women who were sexually abused by a former doctor to the US Olympic gymnastics team.

Michigan State University became the subject of its own investigation earlier this year, as a special prosecutor looked the school's role - particularly the university's lack of action - in Nassar's serial abuse of student athletes.

Many victims testified that Nassar, 54, sexually abused them under the guise of medical treatment while on his examination table, sometimes hiding it from view of parents waiting nearby.

$425 million will go to survivors who now have claims against the university.

Several well-known sports figures in the United States have come forward as being victims of Nassar.

The agreement with attorneys representing 332 women and girls was a "global settlement", Michigan State University (MSU) said.

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"I think that it's a step toward healing for myself and all of the courageous survivors who have told their truth", Ms. Thomashow said. But she said she still has not seen any "meaningful reform" at the university. "We appreciate the diligent efforts of Mick Grewal and the survivors' attorneys across the nation who worked to obtain this measure of justice and healing".

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman speaks at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, (R) a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, in Lansing, Michigan, U.S., January 19, 2018. That's in addition to the combined 80-300 years he faces behind bars outside of the federal prison system. Any suggestion that the university engaged in a coverup is "simply false", a school statement said. Nassar's former boss, William Strampel, was arrested in March for failing to monitor Nassar despite repeated warnings to do so - not to mention accusations of sexual assault of his own - and Kathie Klages resigned after the former Spartans gymnastics coach was suspended for defending Nassar.

Rachael Denhollander of Louisville, Kentucky, who in 2016 was the primary lady to publicly establish herself as a sufferer, mentioned the settlement "displays the unimaginable injury which happened on MSU's campus".

Nichols is not just a hometown hero, she is also one of 332 worldwide heroes who shared their experience with the disgraced doctor.

White tells NPR the agreement is bringing "a sense of relief".

He also said the university understands "the need for change on our campus and in our community around sexual assault awareness and prevention".

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