Michigan States Larry Nassar Fallout Has Begun
The university has agreed to pay $500 million to more than 300 victims.
By Jen Kirbyjen
Updated May 16, 2018, 5:21pm EDT
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Michigan State University said May 16 it had reached a $500 million
settlement with more than 300 women and girls who alleged Larry Nassar,
the former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor, sexually
The university will pay out $425 million, and set aside another $75
million for survivors who may come forward in the future. The payout far
exceeds the $109 million Penn State paid to its more than 30 victims in
the case of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was
convicted of molesting young boys in 2012.
The settlement should resolve the scores of lawsuits against MSU, and it
represents the harshest consequences yet for a university that has
grappled with a slow burning crisis for months. MSU president Lou Anna
Simon resigned in January, hours after Nassars sentencing. William
Strampel, the former dean of MSUs College of Osteopathic Medicine and
Nassars former boss, was charged with crimes related to sexual misconduct
and abuse of power. The MSU athletic director also retired.
The Department of Education has opened a formal investigation into the
university. So has the NCAA. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette
embarked on a full review of the Nassar case and the failures of MSU,
appointing a special prosecutor to lead the probe.
Families and onlookers have demanded that the university, as well as USA
Gymnastics, reckon with its role in the scandal and explain how a doctor
accused of molesting about 300 women and girls did not face real
consequences for decades.
That silence enabled Nassar to become perhaps the worst known sexual
predator in American sports history.
At Nassars sentencing hearing, 15-year-old Emma Ann Miller told the court
Nassar had molested her in August 2016 at MSU. The university suspended
him about a week after, she said, and she offered a chilling thought: Im
possibly the last child he will ever assault.
Her mother, Miller added, was still getting bills from MSU sports medicine
bills, she said, for appointments where I was sexually assaulted.
Additional Topics Covered in This Article
Women reported Nassar to MSU representatives as early as the 1990s
A 2014 Title IX investigation into Nassar raised red flags
MSU will pay out $500 million to Nassar victims
Multiple investigations into MSU are underway
Nassar has sparked broader concerns about MSUs handling of sexual assault
What comes next?
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