Attorneys representing 332 survivors of former Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar in lawsuits against Michigan State University and attorneys for the university announced a global settlement in principle totaling $500 million dollars.
That's certainly a big deal for victims; there are now more than 300 victims who have come forward, and given the $75 million set aside in the settlement for future victims, it's horrifying to think that there are likely many more out still out there. He was also found to have child pornography and is serving prison sentences that will likely keep him locked up for life. His dismissal came less than a month after former gymnast Rachael Denhollander filed a criminal complaint saying Nassar had sexually assaulted her while treating her for back pain years earlier. Lawsuits are still pending against Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and an elite gymnastics club in the Lansing-area.
The settlement will cost the school $500 million. She had both praise and criticism for the university with the announcement of the settlement.
Many questions remain about the nature of the settlement, including where the money will come from. "However, I am deeply disappointed at the missed opportunity for meaningful reform and change at the University".
Jonh Manly, an attorney for the women and girls who sued MSU alleging abuse by Nassar, credited those who came forward.
"It is the honest 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", he added.
The settlement was announced Wednesday in a press release from the California attorneys involved in the case, according to MLive.com, but Michigan State and the attorneys reached the agreement in a meeting Tuesday evening.
Many victims have said they reported Nassar's abuse to various members of the Michigan State's staff. Campus police got their first report regarding Nassar in 2014, but the Ingham County prosecutor declined to file charges.
"This has been a very long and exhausting road, especially for those who have been so vocal from the very beginning of this case", she said. Since that time, even more accusers have stepped forward, which accounts for the larger number of people covered by the Michigan State agreement.
And assuming it becomes final, the settlement will not resolve many other aspects of this situation for Michigan State, which is under investigation by the Education Department and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. You created the type of environment where victims were afraid to speak up.