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

Lula Sharp
May 17, 2018

Michigan State University has reached a $500 million settlement with the sexual abuse victims of former faculty member and sports team doctor Larry Nassar, seen here at his January 28 sentencing hearing.

The settlement applies to only Michigan State University and MSU individuals sued in the litigation. The complaint is related to a pending criminal case against Strampel, who is accused of failing to properly supervise Nassar and of his own sexual misconduct involving students.

"We are truly sorry to all the survivors and their families for what they have been through, and we admire the courage it has taken to tell their stories", said Brian Breslin, chairman of Michigan State's governing board. Lawyers representing 332 Nassar victims negotiated the settlement with the school.

"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", said Mr Robert Young, a lawyer for the university.

Lawsuits from victims of Sandusky ended up costing $109 million in settlements.

The special prosecutor, Bill Forsyth, issued a statement reacting to the settlement, saying the investigation is not done. I remain disappointed that resolution was not reached with these other organizations who also enabled a serial predator for decades.

And she is renewing her call for MI lawmakers to enact legislation that would retroactively extend the time limit for victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue. "It was always about shifting culture from enabling abuse to empowering survivors", she said.

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MSU paid nine law firms more than $11 million to defend the university in the lawsuits from the women and girls, according to documents the university released to the Lansing State Journal in response to public records requests.

Nassar, 54, is serving a 60-year sentence at a federal prison in Tucson, Ariz., on child pornography charges.

Michigan State University announced on Wednesday a $500m settlement with more than 300 women and girls who said they were sexually assaulted by the disgraced physician Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in U.S. sports history.

During a remarkable series of court hearings, dozens of women came forward to speak against Nassar as well as the institutions that they said protected him, including Michigan State.

Nassar pleaded guilty to assaulting victims with his hands under the guise of treatment. He has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in one MI county and 40 to 125 years in another on sexual assault charges.

He treated campus athletes and scores of young gymnasts at his Michigan State office. He had a global repute whereas working on the identical time for USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

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