Michigan State settles over Nassar abuse with three hundred thirty-two victims

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The news that a $500 million settlement between Michigan State University and the survivors of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse was greeted with mostly cheers, but the special prosecutor looking into the school's action said he's still at work.

Representatives for Michigan State and lawyers representing the 332 claimants reached an agreement during a mediation meeting on Tuesday.

Simple math says $425 million divided by 332 people would be $1.28 million each. Michigan State is setting aside an additional $75 million in trust for victims who may come forward in the future.

However, after a meeting with the Associated Students of Michigan State University, or ASMSU, Engler told The State News tuition might not be affected by the lawsuits.

Brian Breslin, chairman of Michigan State's governing board, issued a statement on the settlement on behalf of the university.

There will be no confidentiality agreements or non-disclosure agreements attached to the settlement. We will continue working as a Board to address the necessary changes and improvements that are needed at our university.

Larry Nassar served as a physician at Michigan State and as Team doctor for USA Gymnastics for over 20 years.

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Nassar, 54, a former Olympic gymnastics doctor, is serving an effective life term after pleading guilty to assaulting nine girls and women in MI, as well as to federal child pornography crimes, and being sentenced to up to 175 years in jail. Nassar began serving an effective life sentence in federal prison in January.

In the Legislature, lawmakers have crafted more than 30 bills in response to what Nassar did.

Olympic gold medalists Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney say they were among Nassar's victims.

The lawsuits claimed that MSU neglected to act on allegations against Nassar, the earliest of which emerged as far back as 1997 and extend to his work with the US gymnastics team. The scope of Nassar's crimes and the lack of response to them by the organizations for which Nassar worked are simply mind-boggling and nearly unthinkable.

Nassar admitted in court to using his position as a trusted medical doctor to sexually abuse young girls and women who came to him for medical care for about two decades.

He added: "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".

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