DOJ reaches $139 million settlement with Larry Nassar’s victims

The Department of Justice announced on Tuesday it reached a nearly $139 million settlement with the victims of Larry Nassar over the FBI’s alleged failure when it investigated the sexual abuse allegations made by gymnasts he treated.

Nassar has been convicted of sexually abusing several female gymnasts while serving as a sports doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University. A July 2021 report from the FBI’s inspector general detailed the bureau’s failings in the case, which were condemned by many of Nassar’s victims — including famous Olympic gymnast Simone Biles.

“For decades, Lawrence Nassar abused his position, betraying the trust of those under his care and medical supervision while skirting accountability,” acting Associate Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer said in a statement on Tuesday.

In this Jan. 24, 2018, file photo, victims react and
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