Hundreds of women abused by disgraced former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar have reached a $380 million settlement on Dec. 13 with USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, and their insurers.
Judge Robyn Moberly of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of Indiana officially approved the settlement, ending a five-year legal battle.
“This settlement is the result of the bravery of hundreds of survivors who, despite legal obstacles, long odds and the best corporate legal talent money can buy, refused to be silent,” John Manley, the lead attorney representing Nassar’s victims, said.
Among the survivors whom the settlement will cover include Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, and McKayla Maroney — all of whom testified about the abuse they suffered before a Senate committee in September.
The settlement is one of the largest ever for a sexual abuse case and it is the second nine-figure settlement for survivors of Nassar’s abuse.
In 2018, Michigan State University, where Nassar taught and practiced, agreed to pay a $500 million settlement to survivors of his abuse.
The settlement is also part of the USA Gymnastics’ plan to exit bankruptcy as it faced mounting claims filed against Nassar for years.
The national gymnastics team said in a statement that the settlement also includes non-monetary commitments focused on athlete safety and wellness, including giving a board seat to at least one survivor and setting up a restorative justice program.
“USA Gymnastics is deeply sorry for the trauma and pain that survivors have endured as a result of this organization’s actions and inactions,” USA Gymnastics President and Chief Executive Officer Li Li Leung said.
U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee Chief Executive Officer Sarah Hirshland said in a statement that they were “grateful” for reaching a financial resolution.
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