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US government settles for $138.7M over FBI's mishandling of Larry Nassar assault allegations

The US Justice Department has agreed to a $138.7 million settlement with more than 100 victims of Larry Nassar's sexual assault, in which the FBI failed to properly investigate the allegations in 2015 and 2016. Nassar, a former sports doctor at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, is serving decades in prison for assaulting female athletes. The settlements aim to compensate the victims for the harm inflicted by Nassar, with the Justice Department acknowledging its failure to respond to the allegations with seriousness and urgency.

Sources: - https://apnews.com/article/larry-nassar-justice-department-settlement-3b760f3d317cbe18209aa02a611a298f - https://www.cnn.com/2024/04/23/politics/usa-gymnastics-fbi-larry-nassar-settlement/index.html - https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/4615481-doj-reaches-settlement-with-larry-nassar-victims/ - https://www.npr.org/2024/04/23/1246647531/doj-settles-larry-nassar-usa-gymnastics-sexual-assault-victims

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