$100 million in compensation for US abuse victims

According to a newspaper report, around 100 victims of sexual abuse by former US sports doctor Larry Nassar will receive compensation totaling $100 million (around 94 million euros) from the government.

A corresponding out-of-court agreement was reached a few months ago, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The settlement was accepted in principle by the victims.

The legal dispute concerned allegations from the victims to the FBI that they had not investigated complaints from USA Gymnastics about Nassar’s behavior. FBI chief Christopher Wray admitted his agency’s failure in 2021.

The $100 million to be paid by the US Department of Justice would bring the total amount of compensation for Nassar victims to around $1 billion. This includes $500 million that Michigan State University agreed to as part of a settlement, as well as $380 million from USA Gymnastics.

Reuters/Saul Loeb Front: Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols

Nassar, now 60, is serving a life sentence. He is alleged to have sexually abused more than 265 women and girls during his more than two decades as a sports doctor at USA Gymnastics and at Michigan State University. Among his victims were several Olympians, including gold medalists Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman.


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