Nassar abuse victims get $500m settlement

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Nassar abuse victims get $500m settlement


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Michigan State University has agreed to pay $500m (£371m) to gymnasts who were abused by ex-team doctor Larry Nassar.

The deal was announced by a California law firm representing 332 victims of Nassar, who assaulted women and girls under the guise of medical treatment.

The deal does not include any non-disclosure or confidentiality agreements, according to a statement from lawyers and the university.

It does not address allegations against other groups where Nassar worked.

The settlement applies to only Michigan State University (MSU), where Nassar worked for decades.

It does not address claims against USA Gymnastics, the US Olympic Committee, or the owners of the Texas facility where gymnasts trained, according to a statement from the California law firm of Manly, Stewart & Finaldi in Los Angeles.

"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," attorney John Manly said in the statement on Wednesday.

"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," Mr Manly added.

MSU Board Chairman Brian Breslin also issued a written statement saying: "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."

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Media captionWhat it was like to testify against Larry Nassar

"We recognise the need for change on our campus and in our community around sexual assault awareness and prevention" he continued.

The presidents of USA Gymnastics, which oversees the US Olympic team, as well as the entire board of directors resigned after hundreds of women came forward to testify against the disgraced ex-doctor.

Earlier this year, the university's president and director of athletics resigned amid claims that school officials had been told of allegations against Nassar years ago but failed to act.

Former president Lou Anna Simon denied claims of a university cover-up as she stepped down on the same day that Nassar was sentenced for his crimes.

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Media captionVictims' father attacks Larry Nassar in courtroom

He is currently being held in federal jail and will likely remain there for the rest of his life.

Nassar, 54, is serving a 60-year sentence for child pornography. If he is ever released he faces up to 175 years in state jail for sexual assault.

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