May 22, 2024
The Department of Justice is close to reaching a settlement with the sexual abuse victims of former U.S. gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. According to the Wall Street Journal, the DOJ is expected to pay roughly $100 million to 100 victims of Nassar. The settlement was reportedly reached last fall, but the details are still […]

The Department of Justice is close to reaching a settlement with the sexual abuse victims of former U.S. gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the DOJ is expected to pay roughly $100 million to 100 victims of Nassar. The settlement was reportedly reached last fall, but the details are still being finalized. The settlement is in response to administrative tort claims filed by the gymnasts over the FBI’s failure to properly investigate the abuse claims against Nassar.

In this Nov. 22, 2017, file photo, Dr. Larry Nassar, 54, appears in court for a plea hearing in Lansing, Michigan. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Once the DOJ goes through with the deal, over $1 billion will have been paid out to Nassar’s victims.

Previously, Michigan State University, which buried complaints against Nassar, paid out $500 million to hundreds of victims in 2018. USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee paid out $380 million in 2021.

Among Nassar’s victims included in the settlement with the FBI are star gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols, and Aly Raisman.

Nassar abused dozens of gymnasts over his decadeslong career. Michigan State, the U.S. women’s national gymnastics team, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, and the FBI were heavily criticized for covering up or failing to address complaints properly.

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The Justice Department’s inspector general found several failures in the FBI’s handling of the investigation, with Indianapolis agents failing on multiple levels.

Nassar was stabbed in a Florida prison by a fellow inmate last July. He is serving out a sentence of decades in prison.

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