Hundreds of women who have been sexually harassed and exploited by former U.S. National Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nasser will receive $ 380 million after reaching a settlement with the USA Gymnastics Federation.
The settlement marks the end of a five-year legal battle that began in the wake of the massive scandal that rocked American sports.
Nasser was sentenced in 2018 to more than 300 years in prison for harassing gymnasts.
Female athletes, including several Olympic medalists, testified to how Nasser sexually abused them.
The solution is the largest ever in the case of sexual assault, and as part of an agreement between the USA Gymnastics and the Olympic Committee, it will provide board seats for survivors.
Rachel Denhollander, the first woman to publicize the allegations against Nasser in 2016, welcomed the news and wrote on Twitter: “This episode is finally closed.”
“Serious work on reform and reconstruction can begin now. Whether justice is done and change depends on what happens next,” he added.
The settlement includes claims from Olympic gold medalists, including Simon Piles, Allie Riceman and McClellan Maroni.
In all, Nasser has been accused of sexually abusing more than 330 women and girls at the American Gymnastics and Michigan State University.
The report of the FBI investigation released in July found many errors, delays and cover-ups by FBI agents, allowing Nasser’s abuses to continue a few months after the case was first opened.
Counsel for the victims described Monday’s settlement as “historic” but said they would “seek justice” against the authorities who failed to investigate.
Attorney John C. Manly praised the women who testified in public: “We won for one simple reason: the courage and perseverance of the survivors.”
USA Gymnastics declared bankrupt in 2018, and lawsuits against Nasser continue to grow.
The settlement was confirmed during a federal bankruptcy court hearing on Monday.
Following Michigan State University’s agreement to pay $ 500 million in 2018, about $ 880 million in damages in Nasser’s abuse cases have now been agreed.
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