Michigan State University Pays $500M To Larry Nassar's Victims

Annette Crawford
May 16, 2018

Michigan State University has settled hundreds of lawsuits filed against it by the survivors of MSU doctor Larry Nassar's sexual assaults.

Robert Young, special counsel to MSU, said: "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". Under the agreement, $425 million would be paid to current claimants and $75 million would be set aside for any future claims.

Michigan State and lawyers for 332 victims announced Wednesday that they have reached a $500 million settlement.

And S&P Global Ratings, despite noting that MSU likely can take on more debt, also has lowered its outlook on the university to negative, in response to pending investigations into MSU, along with lots of turnover in senior leadership. "Today's settlement is an important step forward and we must continue working to change the culture at MSU to ensure this never happens again".

Michigan State University will pay $500 million to the gymnasts sexually abused by the USA Gymnastic national team doctor Larry Nassar. The head of the U.S. Olympic Committee also resigned, citing medical reasons.

Nassar's victims were talking for 20 years.

The settlement applies only to Michigan State. He was sentenced December 7, 2017 to 60 years in federal prison on child pornography charges and is now in a maximum-security federal prison in Tucson, Ariz.

The Nassar case is the nation's biggest case of serial sexual abuse based on the number of victims.

The scandal rocked Michigan State, leading to the resignation of President Lou Anna Simon on January 24 and athletic director Mark Hollis two days later. He had an worldwide reputation while working at the same time for USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. After graduating from MSU's College of Osteopathy, he was named USAG team doctor in 1996 and went to four Olympic games as physician for USA gymnasts.

Strampel failed to enforce protocols meant to protect female patients following allegations against Nassar at the MSU Sports Medicine Clinic.

Nassar was sacked from MSU in September 2016 over the allegations of sexual abuse.

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

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

The complaint could go through a formal hearing process. They say that the other defendants had opportunities to put an end to Nassar's abuse and failed to do so.

In 2015, several members of the US national gymnastics team told USAG about Nassar's intravaginal treatments, and he was quietly dropped as team doctor. He also possessed child pornography and is serving decades in prison. I don't think any of these women were actually assaulted by Larry, but Larry didn't learn that lesson and didn't have a chaperone in the room, so now they see an opening and they can take advantage of him.

He pled guilty in the federal child porn case in July 2017 and to the sexual-assault charges in November 2017. His sentencing in state court this year drew worldwide attention as hundreds of his victims described their abuse.

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