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Reaction to MSU $500M settlement in Nassar scandal

$500 million. That's the settlement Michigan State University agreed to pay to the victims of former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar.

MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU) -- $500 million. That's the settlement Michigan State University agreed to pay to the victims of former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar.

On Wednesday, we caught up with those impacted by the announcement.

"For the athletes, it's great but for most of the athletes that are involved in this, the money wasn't the thing. They want to make sure that none of these big institutions can allow this to ever happen to another athlete."

As the owner of Water's Edge Gymnastics, Becky Burden Cuddeback knows gymnastics.

Tragically, she also know some of Nassar's victims.

Cuddeback said the $500 million settlement is just a step in changes that need to take place.

"There are a lot of steps being taken on multiple levels and organizations to prevent this from happening and not just in gymnastics. This happens in a lot of sports," said Cuddeback.

Michigan State has agreed to pay $425 million to the more than 300 Nassar victims and put $75 million more into a trust fund for future victims who may come forward.

Grace French is a Nassar survivor.

She spoke at the House Committee hearing in Lansing on Wednesday in support of legislation that would extend that statute of limitations on sexual abuse complaints, in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal.

"Because I think the settlement, like I said, is a first step, but there's so much we can do and this policy change is preventative," said French. "Instead of coming from oh this happened, what can we do to settle. Instead it should be what can we do to make sure that this never happens again."

The settlement was agreed to by the MSU Board of Trustees during a conference call Tuesday night.

The settlement does not address claims against USA Gymnastics, The United States Olympic Committee or any other parties aside from Michigan State.

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