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USA Gymnastics, USOPC reach $380M settlement with abuse victims
2021-12-14

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On Dec. 13, a federal bankruptcy court in Indianapolis confirmed a $380-million settlement between USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee with hundreds of victims of former national team doctor Larry Nassar, among others, The Chicago Tribune reported.

More than 90% of the victims, who number more than 500, voted in favor of the tentative agreement reached in September. That agreement called for $425 million in damages; however, the court modified the settlement to $380 million.

More than 300 victims were abused by Nassar, with the remaining victims abused by individuals affiliated with USA Gymnastics in some capacity.

In addition, a series of non-monetary provisions will make the victims stakeholders at USA Gymnastics.

In September, gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols testified during a Senate Judiciary hearing about the inspector general's report on the FBI handling of the Nassar investigation, according to CNN.com . They said the "FBI turned a blind eye to" multiple reports of Nassar's abuse.

This is the second nine-figure settlement for victims of Nassar's abuse. In 2018, Michigan State University agreed to pay $500 million to settle lawsuits brought by 332 victims of Nassar.

Nassar pled guilty in federal court to child pornography crimes before pleading guilty in state court to sexually assaulting female gymnasts, and he was sentenced in 2018 to 40 to 175 years in prison.


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