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MSU Reaches $500M Settlement With Larry Nassar Victims

MSU Reaches $500M Settlement With Larry Nassar Victims”

Watts noted the settlement in principle was agreed upon by Michigan State's Board of Trustees in a Tuesday night conference call.

The settlement only applies to cases brought against Michigan State University and individuals associated with the school. Lawsuits against USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and others remain unresolved.

The release also quoted Robert Young, special counsel to MSU.

MSU Trustee Dianne Byrum had this to say after the settlement was reached, "I am pleased a settlement has been reached with the fearless young women whose lives have been impacted by this tragic situation". "We appreciate the hard work both sides put into the mediation, and the efforts of the mediator, which achieved a result that is responsible and equitable".

Trustee Brian Breslin says Michigan State recognizes the "need for change" when it comes to sexual assault awareness and prevention. A successful resolution to the litigation is a positive step in moving us all forward.

Wednesday's settlement only addresses claims against the university.

The case against Nassar shook Michigan State and led to accusations that the university covered up his abuse and ignored repeated complaints about his behavior over many years. "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".

Nassar's victims were talking for 20 years. Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison after pleading guilty to 10 counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct.

In January, more than 150 women testified at trial about Nassar's pattern of sexual abuse. She says she is also disappointed that a resolution hasn't been reached with other organizations such as USA Gymnastics. He had an global 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.

The administrative complaint against Strampel alleges he aided and abetted disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar by failing to report Nassar's violations. The university was reportedly warned about Nassar's behavior as early as 1992, but the school continued to employ him.

There are approximately 300 victims related to the Nassar assaults.

Of the total, $425 million will go to current claimants, meaning the 332 people being represented by the lawyers. At least one swimmer was among those to testify that Nassar had sexually abused them as children. A MSU investigation cleared Nassar, saying the patient failed to understand the "nuanced difference" between abuse and medical treatment.

Nassar pleaded guilty to sexually abusing scores of gymnasts he examined in his capacity as a doctor for the US gymnastics team and Michigan State athletes.

William Strampel, Nassar's one-time boss and the former dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, has since been charged by Forsyth with multiple felonies for storing pornography on a campus computer, allegedly groping a female student and using office to "harass, discriminate, demean, sexually proposition, and sexually assault female students in violation of his statutory duty as a public officer".



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