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USA Gymnastics’ $425M Proposed Settlement with Abuse Survivors

  • USA Gymnastics and a committee representing gymnasts abused by Larry Nassar reached a deal on a $425 million settlement.
  • The settlement must still be approved by multiple parties and a bankruptcy court.
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USA Gymnastics and a committee representing survivors of those abused by Larry Nassar have reached a proposed settlement that will see the governing body dole out $425 million to approximately 500 gymnasts.

Nassar, the former team doctor of the U.S. gymnastics team, sexually abused hundreds of girls and women, including Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, and Aly Raisman. In 2017, he pleaded guilty in a Michigan court to sexually abusing 10 minors and is serving up to 175 years in prison.

  • In 2018, Michigan State University agreed to pay $500 million to 332 girls and women abused by Nassar while he worked at the university.
  • Last year, USA Gymnastics proposed a $215 million settlement, which was rejected by many victims. A court also rejected the proposal, in part because it did not include funds from the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee.
  • The current proposal includes remedial measures insisted on by the survivors committee to prevent such abuse and its enabling from happening again.

To be finalized, the settlement needs approval from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana, a majority of claimants representing at least two-thirds of the settlement, and every insurance company involved, including the one that insures Martha and Bela Karolyi.

The Karolyis own the Karolyi ranch, a training center where some of the abuse took place. USA Gymnastics agreed to purchase the training facilities at the ranch for $3 million in 2016 but backed off the next year after reports surfaced of gymnasts’ accusations against Nassar.

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