EAST LANSING -- Michigan State will pay $500 million to survivors of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse in what is believed to be the largest settlement ever in a sexual misconduct case involving a university.
Attorneys representing 300-plus claimants reportedly reached an agreement with representatives from Michigan State during a mediation meeting May 15.
The settlement will pay $425 million to the 332 girls and women who have come forward to date, averaging about $1.28 million per victim, according to multiple reports.
The details on how much money each survivor will get are still being worked out.
"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," said John Manly, one of several attorneys representing victims, in a statement. "It is the sincere 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."
The settlement reportedly applies to only Michigan State. The United States Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, and famed former Olympic coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi all still face lawsuits filed by Nassar victims, who include Olympians Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas.
"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," Robert Young, a lawyer for the university, told The Washington Post.
In addition, the school will set aside an additional $75 million in a trust fund for any victims who come forward in the future. Any person who was sexually abused by Larry Nassar while he was employed as a sports physician at Michigan State University between 1997 and 2006 can file a settlement claim.
To file a claim, the victim will need to establish that treatment was performed by Nassar and that sexual abuse occurred under the pretense of a medical exam. This can be easily proven by medical records and the testimony of the victim. Corroboration of the abuse by an independent witness, like a parent, is not necessary to file and win a settlement.
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