Hundreds of female gymnasts who were sexually abused by former American gymnast doctor Larry Nassar have reached a record $380 million settlement, concluding one of the biggest sexual abuse cases in the world. The biggest sport in history.
The agreement between the victims with USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) was announced Monday in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
It includes payouts to more than 500 gymnasts including Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney. The settlement also included local club gymnasts, who viewed Nassar for treatment, and victims with other abusive coaches, who had made statements against the charges. governing body of the sport.
Rachael Denhollander, a member of the Nasser survivors’ committee in the settlement negotiations said: ‘No amount of money will ever be able to repair the damage done and what these women have done. experience. New York Times.
“But at some point the negotiations have to end because these women need help – and they need it now.”
Olympic bronze medalist Jamie Dantzscher sued USA Gymnastics and USOPC in 2016, and similar lawsuits since. At the end of 2018, US Gymnastic filed for bankruptcy and there were more charges against Nassar.
Exercisers said Nassar abused them while they sought medical treatment. Many of them have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and some have even attempted suicide. Denhollander, the first Nassar survivor to publicly accuse him in 2016, said they had waited years for compensation to help pay for mental health treatment.
In a reversal after arguing that Nassar should not be held responsible for his actions because he was not an employee of the Olympic committee, USOPC agreed to pay $35 million of its own money and provide USA Gymnastics a loan of approximately $6 million.
Nassar was sentenced to life in prison in 2018.
Biles, Raisman, Maroney and former national team member Maggie Nichols in September testified before Congress that they felt the FBI ignored Nassar’s abuse. A Justice Department report in July highlighted the FBI’s missteps in the case.
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https://metro.co.uk/2021/12/13/larry-nassar-victims-including-simone-biles-reach-380m-settlement-15766080/ Larry Nassar Victims Including Simone Biles Reach $380 Million Payment