MSU settles with Nassar survivors for $500M

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The settlement applies to only Michigan State University and MSU individuals sued in the litigation. Seventy-five million of those funds will be set aside for future victims to come forward, while the remaining $425 million will be divided among the victims named in the suit.

However, USAG did not alert Michigan State about the allegations, and Nassar continued to see patients until two women went public with their allegations of abuse in September 2016. "We recognize the need for change on our campus and in our community around sexual assault awareness and prevention".

"I am pleased a settlement has been reached with the courageous young women whose lives have been impacted by this tragic situation".

"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 Jr., a former Michigan Supreme Court justice who represented MSU in the settlement negotiations.

"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, attorney for Nassar abuse survivors, said in a statement released by MSU.

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. It does not include USA Gymnastics, the United State Olympic Committee, the Karolyi's, Twistars, John Geddert, or other parties.

Some women say they raised concerns about Nassar's treatments to people at MSU or USAG, only to have those concerns dismissed or ignored. Any suggestion that the university engaged in a coverup is "simply false", a school statement said.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the university and find out who knew what, when and what they did about it. He pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges and 10 counts of criminal sexual conduct in MI courts. Strampel has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Inside Higher Ed will have more coverage of this settlement in the coming hours.

And S&P Global Ratings, despite noting that MSU likely can take on more debt, also has lowered its outlook on the university to negative, in response to pending investigations into MSU, along with lots of turnover in senior leadership. "It was always about shifting culture from enabling abuse to empowering survivors", she said. "It has only just begun".

"This has been a very long and exhausting road, especially for those who have been so vocal from the very beginning of this case", she said.

Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar listens during the sentencing phase in Eaton, County Circuit Court on January 31, 2018 in Charlotte, Mich. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette released a statement saying he is "pleased" that the settlement has been approved.

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