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Deadline To Sue MSU Over Nassar Abuse Arrives Monday

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Monday, September 10, is the deadline for survivors of Larry Nassar's sexual assault survivors to file a lawsuit against Michigan State University.

In June, Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signed a bill inspired by the Nassar scandal, including one giving childhood sexual abuse victims more time to sue.

Victims of Nassar, the imprisoned former sports doctor who worked for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, received a 90-day window to sue retroactively.

According to WLNS-TV, after the 90 day window was announced, about 160 more women came forward saying they were also abused by former MSU doctor Larry Nassar. The station also reported survivors had to be a minor at the time of the abuse and it had to happen between December 1996 and June 2016.

Michigan State has agreed to a $500 million settlement, $425 million to be shared among 332 women and girls and $75 million for future claims. The Detroit Free Press reported at least 23 new lawsuits have been filed. 

Nassar was a doctor and instructor at Michigan State University from 1997 to 2016 and a team physician for U.S. men's and women's gymnastics teams at four Olympic games.

Nassar, 55, will likely spend the rest of his life in federal prison after pleading to child pornography charges last year. He also pleaded guilty to abusing gymnasts in Michigan state court and was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in January.

More than 250 female gymnasts and athletes from Michigan State and gymnastic clubs have publicly accused Nassar of abuse. Many of Nassar's victims were juveniles.

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