'Historic' $500m settlement reached in Larry Nassar gymnastics sex abuse lawsuit

'Historic' $500m settlement reached in Larry Nassar gymnastics sex abuse lawsuit

Nassar, 54, a former Olympic gymnastics doctor, is serving an effective life term after pleading guilty to assaulting nine girls and women in MI, as well as to federal child pornography crimes, and being sentenced to up to 175 years in jail. They said the sports doctor molested them while they sought treatment for injuries.

"When you know that you were sexually assaulted, and you're told that you don't understand what sexual assault is, you spend your days questioning your own self-worth", she says.

MSU has been under heavy criticism for its handling of the Nassar scandal since Nassar's sentencing hearings on criminal sexual conduct charges, where more than 200 women testified against him and often pointed the finger at MSU, USAG and the U.S. Olympic Committee for not doing anything to stop him. There is simply no way that three hundred and thirty-two young women got victimized by Nassar over a twenty-year period without people at MSU having some inkling that something was wrong.

The $500 million settlement between MSU and the victims was announced by the plaintiffs' attorneys, and it was agreed upon on Tuesday. After that, more women came forward with allegations against Nassar, and he was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in December 2016.

The July 18 show in Los Angeles honours the past year's best athletes and moments in sports. "I'm also very disappointed in a missed opportunity to create meaningful policy changes".

"When you pay out that much money you are saying, 'Yes, we were wrong. we were negligent and that is why this happened, ' " she said.

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 abuse began when she was 15 years old, when she was a rising star on the United States national team, aiming for a spot at the Olympics.

But the Indianapolis Star was not the first organization to hear about Nassar's abuse. Strampel, who was Nassar's boss, is accused of sexual misconduct. "I think so far they have really failed on talking about how as an institution, they will change culturally and change how they do business".

He also said the settlement was "a fair and equitable outcome" for survivors and their families that can help both them and the university move forward.

"I would guess that whatever settlement they reached would be the amount of insurance they carry", said Powell. "They wouldn't just agree to the settlement, nor would the plaintiffs agree to that settlement, if the insurers weren't on board". The assaults by Larry Nassar shocked our campus and the nation.

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