Representatives for Michigan State and lawyers representing the 332 claimants reached an agreement during a mediation meeting on Tuesday. More than 300 survivors are suing the school for not stopping him, and MSU faces a potential 500 million dollar settlement. MSU will pay $425 million now and hold $75 million in reserve should other victims of Mr. Nassar come forward.
There will be no confidentiality agreements or non-disclosure agreements attached to the settlement.
Michigan State has been accused of failing to properly investigate complaints about Nassar through the years to coaches, counselors, police and university-employed trainers, some of which allegedly dated back to the 1990s.
"We are truly sorry to all the survivors and their families for what they have been through, and we admire the courage it has taken to tell their stories", Breslin said. "We are taking steps to more fully engage the entire campus community in awareness and prevention activities and to improve communication across the board". MI residents are paying a settlement and should be wondering how did school officials ignore complaints about Dr. Nasser.
Oklahoma sophomore women's gymnast Maggie Nichols was the first woman to alert USA Gymnastics about the sexual abuse she suffered from former Team USA physician Larry Nassar.
Raisman along with four other team members, including the US' most decorated gymnast, Simone Biles, came forward previous year to detail the ordeal they were forced to go through while competing for the American national team. Nassar began serving an effective life sentence in federal prison in January.
Thomashow describes the two years between when she first reported Nassar and when MSU says it first found out about the abuse.
Over 200 women read victim impact statements at Nassar's sentencing hearing in January, including United States of America gymnastics stars Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney. The scope of Nassar's crimes and the lack of response to them by the organizations for which Nassar worked are simply mind-boggling and nearly unthinkable.
Attorney John Manly issued a statement of behalf of Nassar's victims. "By honoring this group who spoke out, we aim to honor all of those who are survivors of abuse". He's the man who sexually assaulted his patients for decades.
The lawsuit is over the school's handling of former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar.