USA gymnasts who were sexually abused by their doctor, Larry Nassar, are set to receive a $500 million settlement from Michigan State University (MSU), one of the largest settlements of its kind. The deal was announced Wednesday by the university and lawyers for 332 victims.
Here is what John Manly, who is a lawyer for many of Nassar's victims, had to say about the matter in a statement, according to CNN.
Michigan State was accused of ignoring or dismissing complaints about Nassar, some as far back as the 1990s. The varsity had insisted that nobody coated up assaults, though Nassar's boss was later charged with failing to correctly supervise him and committing his personal sexual misconduct.
The university's 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". "We recognize the need for change on our campus and in our community around sexual assault awareness and prevention".
It's not clear how a lot every sufferer will obtain, though the cash won't be divided equally. It's also unclear the place the cash will come from. University spokeswoman Emily Guerrant said school leaders will now work on a way to pay the bill. But for some survivors, like Rachel Denhollander, the first woman to go public with her story, there is a long way to go.
She says she is grateful for the settlement, but disappointed at the "missed opportunity for reform" at the university.
Nassar handled campus athletes and scores of younger gymnasts at his Michigan State workplace, constructing a global fame whereas working on the similar time for USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.
The university has agreed to pay $425m to current claimants with $75m set aside in a trust fund for future claims following private mediated negotiations between MSU and lawyers for the 332 victims.
He is serving a 60-year sentence for child pornography. He is set to spend the rest of his life behind bars, and he is now serving the 60-year federal prison sentence that he was given this past December at United States Penitentiary, Tucson in Tucson, Arizona.
Nassar pleaded guilty in a series of trials to molesting women and girls under the guise of medical treatment.
Nassar was allowed to continue treating patients at Michigan State after this investigation despite the fact that he remained under police investigation, during which time he sexually assaulted even more of his patients.
Nassar's assaults have been principally dedicated in MI at his Lansing-area dwelling, campus clinic and space gyms.
Michigan State University was where he worked for decades, and numerous young gymnasts felt their complaints to staff there went ignored.
It does not address allegations against other groups for which Nassar worked.
During the sentencing hearings, many accusers described an ultra-competitive gymnastics culture in which authority figures could not be questioned and Nassar was free to abuse young patients year after year. They mentioned that they had little option to see medical doctors apart from Nassar, who was famend all through the game.
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