Hundreds of survivors of abuse by the former team doctor of the US gymnastics team, Larry Nassar have settled with USA Gymnastics. They will receive $380M bringing to an end 5 years of a legal fight that started after the enormous abuse scandal rocked US sports.
In 2018, Larry Nassar got a 300-year sentence for his systematic abuse of gymnasts. Several Olympic medalists also testified to the abuse they suffered at his hands.
The settlement arrives stands as the highest ever for any case of sexual abuse. Under the agreement, the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee, and US Gymnastics have also agreed to designate some seats on their board for the victims of the abuse.
The first gymnast who went public with the abuse perpetrated by Nasser, Rachael Denhollander, welcomed the developments. She tweeted that the chapter has been closed finally.
Rachel said that the tough task of rebuilding and reforms can begin. Further developments will prove if justice has been delivered and changes made to the system.
Charges Against Larry Nassar Was Also Brought By Olympic Gold Medalists
The settlement also covers claims made by Olympic medalists that include Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, and Simone Biles. A total of 330 women accused Larry Nassar of abuse at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics.
FBI reports stated instances of delays, missteps, and blatant cover-up by the FBI which allowed Larry Nasser to continue to abuse women even after the case against Nassar was opened.
An attorney for the athletes termed the settlement historic but added that they would continue to demand justice against people who failed to act and investigate.
Lawyer John Manly commended the courage of the victims who came forward and publicly testified. He said that they finally prevailed just because of the tenacity and courage of the victims.
US Gymnastics filed in 2018 for bankruptcy even as cases against Nasser kept adding up. The payment was confirmed at a bankruptcy court hearing on Monday.
A total of $880M has been agreed in total after Michigan State University settled for $500M.