2 more victims of disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor settle for $380 million

Former USA Gymnastics gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar (L) enters the courtroom for a sentencing hearing for his sentencing on three counts of criminal sexual conduct against four victims in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Michigan on September 27, 2016. On Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Nassar will testify before the sentencing hearing. (Allen J. Schaben/Detroit Free Press via AP)

Two more victims of disgraced former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who was also the team physician for the Olympic Gymnastics squad, have reached a $380 million settlement with the sport’s governing body and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Nassar is already serving more than 200 years in prison after being convicted on multiple counts of sexual abuse related to his work with girls in an age-appropriate manner at Michigan State University and the Karolyi Ranch Gymnastics Training Center in Texas.

According to ESPN, USA Gymnastics Board of Directors members, including all-time leading fund-raiser Steve Penny, met in Milwaukee on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the settlement. On Wednesday, the terms of the agreement were officially released.

“Since our investigation began in 2015, USA Gymnastics has done everything within our power to help our young athletes, keep our athletes safe, and be fully cooperative with investigators,” said the organization’s chair, Paul Parilla, in a statement. “While we are disappointed with the verdict in Nassar’s case, we have learned a great deal from our investigation and over the last five years have made significant changes to our culture and practices. Our focus has always been on providing a safe environment for our athletes. We are proud of our legacy athletes who have persevered, overcome adversity, and now compete at the highest levels of the sport. As members of the Olympic family, our athletes are our priority and we will continue to strive to do everything we can to support them.”

In his own statement released via ESPN, Nassar’s attorney Shannon Smith said the agreement was “a good outcome for Larry and the survivors.” She added that his case was “one of the largest payouts in litigation history.”

The settlement comes after the United States Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst, USOC president John Hickey, and director Liz Vazquez were all forced to resign in March for their role in USA Gymnastics’ mishandling of the Nassar scandal.

Read the full story at ESPN.


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