Lawsuits against MSU and USA Gymnastics claimed the institutions failed to protect Nassar's victims from his abuse. She had both praise and criticism for the university with the announcement of the settlement. The deal was announced Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by Michigan State and lawyers for the 332 victims.
More than 300 sexual abuse victims settled with Michigan State University for a record-breaking $500 million Tuesday, over allegations that it did not do enough to discipline its former doctor Lawrence Nassar.
"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", said Robert Young, special counsel to MSU.
Michigan State was accused of ignoring or dismissing complaints about Nassar, some way back to the 1990s. "We need policy changes, we need reform, we need resignations", said MSU junior Natalie Rogers with Reclaim MSU.
Most of the money - $425 million - will go towards the current victims. It's also unclear where the money will come from. The university says that no one covered up assaults.
"I am thankful that the historic settlement amount at least in part reflects the horrific nature of what took place at MSU", Denhollander said in a statement.
"I just hope that people look at this and see a marked change in how we treat survivors", she said.
Nassar, who pleaded guilty to molesting athletes during treatment when he was employed by MSU and USA Gymnastics, was sacked from the university in September 2016. Lawyers will also be compensated out of the $500 million pool.
Nassar pleaded guilty to assaulting victims with his hands under the guise of treatment. He is serving sentences that will likely keep him in prison for life.
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"I've just signed your death warrant", Michigan Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Nassar during his January sentencing of 40 to 175 years in prison.
And she is renewing her call for MI lawmakers to enact legislation that would retroactively extend the time limit for victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue.
Nassar's assaults were mostly committed in MI at his Lansing-area home, campus clinic and area gyms. Some gymnasts said nothing was done to stop it after they complained.
Rogers says the impact of the Nassar scandal is taking a toll on the campus community and although the university is taking some action, she says it needs to continue.
He counted on his attraction and popularity to deflect any questions. He was so brazen that he sometimes molested patients in front of their parents, shielding the young girls with his body or a sheet.
Olympic gold medalists Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney say they were among Nassar's victims.
Different instances concerned members in soccer, determine skating, rowing, softball, cheerleading, wrestling, diving, dance, and observe and subject.
MSU's settlement with Nassar's victims, more than 250 of whom spoke publicly about his abuse during his sentencings in Ingham and Eaton counties this winter, does not end the various legislative and criminal investigations the university faces.