$500 Million Settlement Reached In Nassar Sex Abuse Scandal

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Some 200 victims testified during live-streamed sentencing hearings in January and February about the resulting emotional and physical scars they have endured.

As a result of today's agreement between the attorneys representing 332 claimants and representatives from Michigan State, $425 million will be distributed to claimants who are now part of the lawsuits.

State regulators filed a complaint Wednesday against Dr. William Strampel, who was dean of Michigan State University's medical school. It does not address lawsuits against USA Gymnastics, the US Olympic Committee, gymnastics coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi or other parties.

"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.

Manly credited the more than 300 female victims who had the courage to speak out. "It is the honest hope of all of the survivors that the legacy of this settlement will be far-reaching institutional reform that will end the threat of sexual assault in sports, schools and throughout our society".

In a statement, Brian Breslin, chairman of MSU's Board of Trustees says the school recognizes "the need for change on our campus and in our community around sexual assault awareness and prevention".

MSU also launched a $10 million fund to support Nassar's victims abused at the school's health clinic or any MSU student-athletes he abused.

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Nassar was convicted of sexually assaulting multiple girls and young women during his time as a doctor at Michigan State and for USA Gymnastics.

He was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison. The remaining $75 million dollars of the settlement will be set aside in anticipation of possible future claims. In 2014 the university's investigation of allegations against Nassar turned up empty. Victims alleged that Michigan State covered up Nassar's abuse and ignored reports of sexual misconduct. Interim President John Engler last month told state lawmakers that settlements should not lead to an increase in tuition fees, the university newspaper State News reported. The university was reportedly warned about Nassar's behavior as early as 1992, but the school continued to employ him.

Nassar pleaded guilty to assaulting victims with his hands under the guise of treatment.

The settlement drew mixed reviews from those abused by Nassar.

The Nassar trial become a very public boiling point for the growing sex abuse scandal within organized sport. She says many survivors "still have no voice". "But I also think there is so much more work to be done at that university and universities across the country". "It was always about shifting culture from enabling abuse to empowering survivors", she said.

Wednesday's settlement only includes accusations against Michigan State.

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