Michigan State University has agreed to pay $500 million to hundreds of women who say they were sexually assaulted by Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics doctor who is in jail for sexually abusing young girls and women under the guise of medical treatment.
The payment resolves various lawsuits filed on behalf of 332 women and girls against the university, claiming MSU failed to protect them against Nassar. The settlement applies to only Michigan State University and MSU individuals sued in the litigation.
“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,” John Manly, an attorney representing the survivors said in a statement.
According to the terms of the settlement, $425 million will be paid to current claimants and $75 million will be set aside for anyone who comes forward with allegations of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar in the future.
The women will not be required to sign confidentiality agreements or non-disclosure agreements, according to the announcement of the settlement.
“Michigan State is pleased that we have been able to agree in principle on a settlement that is fair to the survivors of Nassar’s crimes,” Robert Young, special counsel to MSU said in a statement.
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