University of Michigan reaches $490M settlement with sexual abuse accusers

The University of Michigan has agreed to pay $490 million in damages to the more than 1,000 former students, mostly male, who said they were sexually abused by sports doctor Robert Anderson, their lawyers confirmed Wednesday.

The announcement came after 15 months of mediation and appeared to close the book on one of the nation’s biggest sex abuse scandals, which involved several generations of victims going back to the 1960s.

“It has been a long and challenging journey and I believe this settlement will provide justice and healing for the many brave men and women who refused to be silenced,” said Parker Stinar of the Denver-based law firm Wahlberg, Woodruff, Nimmo & Sloane, which represents dozens of Anderson accusers.

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