Survivors Of Disgraced USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar Set To Receive $380 Million Settlement
Victims of Larry Nassar have reached a settlement in their lawsuits against USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee.
Following a five-year court battle, the young Olympic gymnasts who were abused by the disgraced doctor and later filed suit against USA Gymnastics and the olympic committee, have settled on a $380 million agreement, according to TMZ.
In 2017, the convicted sex offender was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison on child pornography charges. The following year, he was also sentenced to 175 years in Michigan state prison after pleading guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct.
Michigan State University had already settled with 332 female athletes who had been victims of Nassar back in 2018 for $500 million. Since USA Gymnastics and the USOPC raised the total settlement amount to $880 million, it has become the largest settlement amount involving a single perpetrator in a sexual assault case, ESPN reported.
John Manly, a legal representative for many of the victims, confirmed in a statement via CNN: "Survivors have now received a total of $880 million in compensation for their pain and suffering at the hands of this monster and the institutions who enabled him, Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee."
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"We prevailed for one simple reason, the courage and tenacity of the survivors. These brave women relived their abuse publicly, in countless media interviews, so that not one more child will be forced to suffer physical, emotional, or sexual abuse in pursuit of their dreams," the lawyer maintained, per the outlet.
"The power of their story eventually won the day," the attorney added of the brave victims, such as Simone Biles and Aly Raisman, who testified in court.
Money will not be the only form of justice for the victims, as USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee have agreed to make changes within their organizations to ensure the safety of all athletes and their betterment.