Michigan State to Pay $500 Million to Larry Nassar Victims

Michigan State to Pay $500 Million to Larry Nassar Victims

By Katherine Welles

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Former USA gymnastic doctor, Larry Nassar, who was recently sentenced to about 300 years in prison for sexual assault of more than 332 victims, was also a doctor at Michigan State University.

Michigan State has just agreed to pay $425 million to the 332 girls and women who were victims of Nassar, equaling about $1.28 million per person. An additional $75 million will be set aside for any victims who come forward in the future.

This will settle the lawsuits the school has encountered through affiliation with Nassar. Other organizations still facing lawsuit because of Nassar include the United States Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and and famed former Olympic coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi.

“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,” said John Manly, one of several attorneys representing victims, in a statement. “It is the sincere 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.”