Michigan State reportedly reaches $500 million settlement with victims of Larry Nassar

Will be updated. With AP Photos.

MSU plans to settle the hundreds of lawsuits filed against the university by survivors of ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar's sexual abuse, according to a report done by the Detroit Free Press. Lawyers representing 332 Nassar victims negotiated the settlement with the school.

Nassar pleaded guilty to molesting women and girls under the guise that he was treating them for injuries. Nassar's work far away from campus was spelled out in his employment contract with Michigan State. She says she is also disappointed that a resolution hasn't been reached with other organizations such as USA Gymnastics.

A victim credited with exposing serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar says she is grateful to have reached a legal settlement with Michigan State University that reflects the "incredible damage" that took place on campus.

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.

The settlement announced on Wednesday includes $425 million set aside for current claimants and $75 million to protect against future claimants.

It's not clear how much each victim will receive, although the money will not be divided equally.

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Michigan State didn't disclose how it will pay the settlement. The victims certainly deserve this, given how Michigan State contributed to enabling Nassar, including the various alleged instances where school officials didn't believe accusations. The school continued to employ him after he was the subject of a sexual assault investigation in 2014.

Brian Breslin, chairman of the university's board of trustees, released a statement welcoming the end of the litigation and apologizing to Nassar's victims and their families. We recognize the need for change on our campus and in our community around sexual assault awareness and prevention.

He was sentenced to 60 years in prison on child pornography charges, 40 to 175 years in prison on sexual assault charges and 40 to 125 years in prison on additional sexual assault charges. He had an global reputation while working at the same time for USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

The sexual abuse settlement appears to be one of the largest of its kind, reflecting the sheer number of victims, including well-known athletes such as 2012 Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney.

"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, an attorney representing numerous victims, told the State Journal.

State regulators filed a complaint Wednesday against Dr. William Strampel, who was dean of Michigan State University's medical school.

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