Michigan State Settles Nassar Claims for $500 Million
Michigan State Settles Nassar Claims for $500 Million
Victims of ex-Olympic doctor Larry Nassar settle with Michigan State for $500 million payment
17 May, 2018, 00:08
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.
Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, stands in court during his sentencing hearing in the Eaton County Court in Charlotte, Michigan, U.S., February 5, 2018.
"A rough range is $250,000 to $2.5 million, somewhere around that", said David Mittleman, a lawyer with ChurchWyble/Grewal Law, an Okemos firm that represents 111 Nassar victims.
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Representatives for the victims and the university met behind closed doors this week to hash out the settlement for 332 victims, formally announced on Wednesday.
Over the span of two weeks, more than 150 victims spoke in a Lansing courtroom, detailing what Nassar had done to him and how he had changed their lives.
The settlement in principle was agreed to by Michigan State's board of trustees in a conference call Tuesday night, the statement said.
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He adds that resolving the litigation "is a positive step in moving us all forward".
Former gymnast Rachael Denhollander was the first woman to come forward publicly with accusations of Nassar, with co-accuser Jamie Dantzscher, a 2000 Olympic bronze medalist, disclosing her identity months later.
The chairman of Michigan State University's governing board says the school is "truly sorry" for what disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar's victims and families went through. "It was always about shifting culture from enabling abuse to empowering survivors", she said.
Michigan State and lawyers for 332 victims announced Wednesday that they have reached a $500 million settlement.
Nassar, who is now serving a 60-year federal prison sentence, was a longtime MSU sports-medicine doctor who pleaded guilty to molesting patients for years under the guise of medical treatment. Amid the fallout, the university president resigned, the state attorney general opened a criminal investigation, and Dr. Nassar's longtime boss, William D. Strampel, was charged with committing abuse himself.
Nassar, who admitted to sexually assaulting the young girls, received a prison sentence exceeding 100 years.
Numerous young women who survived Larry Nassar's sexual abuse weren't just angry at what he had done to them, but at the institutions they felt had enabled him.
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