The University of Michigan has agreed to pay $490 million in damages to over 1,000 former students, mostly male, who said they were sexually abused by late sports doctor Robert Anderson.
The University announced on Jan. 19 that it has agreed to pay $460 million in damages to about $1,050 Anderson abuse survivors and to reserve $30 million to any future accusers.
“We hope this settlement will begin the healing process for survivors,” said Board of Regents Chair Jordan Acker said.
The University said it will pay the settlement from insurance proceeds and university reserves, which it has built up from various funding sources.
The settlement still needs approval from the Board of Regents, 98% of the claimants, and the court.
United States District Judge Victoria Roberts of the Eastern District of Michigan oversaw the process of reaching the settlement agreement.
The announcement came after 15 months of negotiations in one of the biggest sex abuse scandals in the U.S., with accusations dating back to the 1960s.
Anderson worked at the University from 1966 to 2003. He died in 2008.
According to the survivors, Anderson abused them during routine medical examinations, many of which were unnecessary rectal and testicular examinations.
“It has been a long and challenging journey and I believe this settlement will provide justice and healing for the many brave men and women who refused to be silenced,” attorney Parker Stinar, who represents dozens of the survivors, said.
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