Lawmakers Respond To MSU Proposed Settlement With Nassar Survivors

Maggie Nichols' parents Gina and John in their home

Michigan State and lawyers for 332 victims announced the deal after negotiating privately with the help of a mediator. The school settled for $500 million with the Nassar survivors in May. Another $75 million will be reserved for two years in case others come forward with claims.

There will be no confidentiality agreements or non-disclosure agreements attached to the settlement.

Former Michigan governor, and interim president of MSU, John Engler speaks with Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson about what the provisions of the agreement will mean for the university and the MSU community moving forward.

Brian Breslin, chairman of Michigan State's governing board, issued a statement on the settlement on behalf of the university.

"Those who think the lawsuit dictates what the Republicans do, they are mistaken", said survivor advocate Sen. "We are taking steps to more fully engage the entire campus community in awareness and prevention activities and to improve communication across the board".

Michigan State was accused of ignoring or dismissing complaints about Nassar, some as far back as the 1990s.


Several of the victims said that they will push for more institution reforms, which MSU did not agree to in the settlement.

Nassar was convicted of federal child pornography charges, for which he's serving a sentence of 60 years.

Her family has since blasted the organization for not responding quickly enough and not doing more to stop Nassar from assaulting more young women. The US 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. The scope of Nassar's crimes and the lack of response to them by the organizations for which Nassar worked are simply mind-boggling and nearly unthinkable.

NY attorney Michael Barasch is not involved in the Nassar case but has represented hundreds of victims sexually abused by NY priests.

"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 Mr John Manly, one of the attorneys representing victims, in a statement on Wednesday.

"These bills were never about Larry Nassar or Michigan State, they were about eradicating childhood sexual abuse, so any of the legislators or outside people who are suggesting it should be stopped, maybe they haven't been listening", she said.

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