Michigan State Settles Nassar Claims for $500 Million

Michigan State Settles Nassar Claims for $500 Million

Manly credited the more than 300 female victims who had the courage to speak out.

"It is the honest hope of all of the survivors that the legacy of this settlement will be far-reaching institutional reform that will end the threat of sexual assault in sports, schools and throughout our society", he added.

Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault, listens to victims impact statements during his sentencing in the Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Michigan, U.S., January 31, 2018.

The agreement with attorneys representing 332 women and girls was a "global settlement", Michigan State University said. Lawsuits are still pending against Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and an elite gymnastics club in the Lansing-area.

The university and lawyers for 332 victims announced the deal after negotiating privately with the help of a mediator.

Jamie White, a lawyer who represented dozens of women who sued Penn State, told the Detroit Free Press of the victims: "I don't think they can ever be made whole, but this is a step in the right direction".

Trustee Brian Breslin says Michigan State recognizes the "need for change" when it comes to sexual assault awareness and prevention. The remaining $75 million will be held in reserve for two years in the event that others come forward and make claims about Nassar's abuse.

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

The attorneys stressed that the settlement, which was agreed to by the university's board of trustees late on Tuesday, was still not final.

MSU also launched a $10 million fund to support Nassar's victims abused at the school's health clinic or any MSU student-athletes he abused.

The settlement only applies to Michigan State University and the officials named in the lawsuit against the school.

Nassar, 54, who is serving a federal prison sentence of 40 to 175 years in MI, had worked for decades with MSU students as well as U.S. Olympic gymnasts who alleged he abused them, including gold medalists Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney. The university was reportedly warned about Nassar's behavior as early as 1992, but the school continued to employ him. "That being said, my investigation is still open and ongoing", Forsyth said in a statement.

"The litigation phase is over, but the fight for change and accountability, the fight to give survivors a voice and protect the next generation, has only just begun", she said.

Lindsey Lemke said the money from the settlement would go toward counseling and therapy.

Wednesday's settlement only includes accusations against Michigan State.