Updated Apr 23, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Larry Nassar's victims settle with DOJ for $138 million over misconduct claims

Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar in Charlotte, Michigan, in 2018.

Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar in Charlotte, Michigan, in 2018. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The Department of Justice said on Tuesday it will pay $138.7 million to settle misconduct claims made against the FBI by more than 100 sexual assault survivors abused by USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

The big picture: The survivors, who include Olympians Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols, claimed the FBI did not pursue allegations in 2015 and 2016 that Nassar was abusing his patients.

  • The survivors claimed that the FBI's misconduct allowed Nassar to continue to abuse victims before he was arrested.

Context: Nassar was sentenced to 40–175 years in prison in 2018 after 160 women accused him of sexually abusing them under the pretense of medical treatment.

  • The FBI's inspector general issued a scathing report in 2021 highlighting the "numerous and fundamental errors" in how the bureau handled its investigation into Nassar.
  • FBI Director Christopher Wray formally apologized to survivors at the time for the agency's mishandling of the investigation.

What they're saying: Acting Associate Attorney General Benjamin Mizer said the allegations against Nassar "should have been taken seriously from the outset."

  • "While these settlements won't undo the harm Nassar inflicted, our hope is that they will help give the victims of his crimes some of the critical support they need to continue healing."

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Editor's note: This story has been updated with the latest news.

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