US university reaches $490 million settlement after sexual abuse reports

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The University of Michigan in the United States said it has struck a $490 million settlement with more than 1,000 people who allege sexual assault by a former sports doctor at the institution. The process was completed this Friday (17).

The accused doctor was Robert Anderson, of the university’s football team and other athletic programs, where he worked from 1966 until his retirement in 2003. He died in 2008. Most of the victims were male.

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The university said the deal won the approval of 98% of applicants. The amount will be divided between the victims, as decided by the claimants and their lawyers.

“The University of Michigan offers its sincere apologies for the abuse perpetrated by the late Robert Anderson. We hope this agreement will help the survivors to heal,” said Paul Brown, chairman of the university’s board of directors, in a statement.

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In January, the university said the settlement, which represented the culmination of years of negotiations with the victims’ lawyers, would resolve all allegations of abuse by Anderson.

The institution said at the time that $460 million will be paid to 1,050 claimants and $30 million put in reserve for any unnamed victims who come forward by July 31, 2023.

Source: CNN Brasil

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