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MSU To Pay $500 Million to Victims of Dr. Larry Nassar

17 May 2018

The university's board of trustees said in a statement it is "truly sorry to all the survivors and their families" and said it admired their courage in speaking out.

Nassar pleaded guilty to molesting women and girls under the guise that he was treating them for injuries. He also possessed child pornography.

The settlement only concerns Michigan State. Nassar had an global reputation while working at the same time for USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. Powerful victim statements from the likes of a McKayla Maroney spokeswoman and Aly Raisman only strengthened the fervor against Michigan State, with Raisman's speech in particular going after the institutions that allowed this abuse to happen.

Victim and former gymnast Jordyn Wieber speaks 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 Michigan U.S
More than 140 women and girls have come forward detailing abuse at the hands of Nassar

The agreement with the lawyers representing 332 women and girls was a "global settlement", the university said.

Denhollander says she remains "deeply disappointed at the missed opportunity for meaningful reform at the university". There are bills that could cause problems for Michigan State and other government entities, so MSU asked the survivors to back off their support as part of the settlement. "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". "That being said, my investigation is still open and ongoing", Forsyth said in a statement.

Nassar was convicted earlier this year to assaulting more than 300 women and girls while he was a sports physician at MSU from 1997 to 2016.

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Broad outlines of the settlement were reached Tuesday and state legislators were being briefed Wednesday on the details, according to Gongwer News Service. It's also unclear where the money will come from.

Vanderveen, who now teaches dance in Grand Rapids, said while she will continue to push for legislation in Lansing to increase the statute of limitations for minors who are sexually assaulted, she's counting on the students at MSU to fight for change moving forward.

Years after physical abuse, the emotional scars are still there, and the half-billion dollar settlement aims to help the healing.

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Out of the settlement, $425 million (£314 milion/€360 million) will be paid to current claimants.

Nichols called MSU out directly in her January testimony. Nassar's former boss, William Strampel, was arrested in March for failing to monitor Nassar despite repeated warnings to do so - not to mention accusations of sexual assault of his own - and Kathie Klages resigned after the former Spartans gymnastics coach was suspended for defending Nassar.

John Engler, who took over as interim president of MSU, was given a mandate to find settlements to the hundreds of lawsuits the school was facing. "We need policy changes, we need reform, we need resignations", said MSU junior Natalie Rogers with Reclaim MSU.

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MSU To Pay $500 Million to Victims of Dr. Larry Nassar