Michigan State University has announced a US$500 million settlement with more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex‑abuse case in sports history.
The deal surpasses the more than US$109 million that Penn State University paid to settle claims by at least 35 people that assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused boys, though the Nassar settlement involves far more victims.
Michigan State and lawyers for 332 victims announced the deal after negotiating privately with the help of a mediator. Under the agreement, US$425 million would be paid to current claimants and US$75 million would be set aside for any future claims.
The statement doesn't indicate how much money each victim would receive. It also doesn't say how Michigan State will pay the bill.
The deal applies only to Michigan State. Lawsuits still are pending against Indianapolis‑based USA Gymnastics, the US Olympic Committee and an elite gymnastics club in the Lansing‑area where assaults occurred.
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