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


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 Michigan State settlement is only part of several more ongoing legal battles related to Nassar. It does not address lawsuits against USA Gymnastics, the US Olympic Committee, gymnastics coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi or other parties.

The MSU Board of Trustees agreed to the settlement in principle in a conference call Tuesday night, according to the university.

"This historic settlement came about through the bravery of more than 300 women and girls who had the courage to stand up and refuse to be silenced", John Manly, attorney for Nassar abuse survivors, said in a statement released by MSU.

Victim and former gymnast Aly Raisman appears before speaking at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, in Lansing, Mich., Jan. 19, 2018.

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

Kaylee Lorincz, who spoke about Nassar's abuse in court, had a mixed reaction to the settlement.

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MSU says there will be no confidentiality agreements or nondisclosure agreements attached to the settlement. He also faces a 40- to 175-year sentence issued in Ingham County and a 40- to 125-year sentence from Eaton County, where he was charged with a total of 10 sexual assaults.

Nassar sexually assaulted women and girls while serving as a sports doctor at Michigan State. Nassar was employed as a sports physician at the university from 1997 to 2016.

In 2014, the university determined that his "pelvic floor" treatments were medically legitimate, despite complaints. University spokeswoman Emily Guerrant said school leaders now will work on a way to pay the bill.

The deal was announced Wednesday by Michigan State and lawyers for 332 victims. John Engler, the former MI governor, was named the interim president by the board of trustees.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the university and find out who knew what, when and what they did about it.

Nassar faced charges on seven counts of criminal sexual misconduct in the first degree, to which he pleaded guilty to in November. A MSU investigation cleared Nassar, saying the patient failed to understand the "nuanced difference" between abuse and medical treatment. She says many survivors "still have no voice". "But I also think there is so much more work to be done at that university and universities across the country". "It has only just begun". The settlement must still be finalized, officials said.

"This has been a very long and exhausting road, especially for those who have been so vocal from the very beginning of this case", she said.