Nearly $139 million to gymnastics former team doctor sexual abuse victims. GETTY IMAGES

The US Department of Justice announced on Tuesday it will allocate $138.7 million (€130 million) to compensate victims of sexual abuse by ex-national team physician Larry Nassar.

For a period exceeding two decades, the 60-year-old Larry Nassar held positions as a doctor within the United States Gymnastics Federation and at Michigan State University. US government is set to pay nearly $139 million to Nassar victims.

"Lawrence Nassar abused his position, betraying the trust of those under his care and medical supervision. (The allegations against him) Should have been taken seriously from the start. While these agreements cannot undo the harm inflicted by Nassar, our hope is that they help provide victims of his crimes with some of the support they need to continue healing," Deputy Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer said in a statement.

In 2016, Larry Nassar was arrested in Michigan and sentenced to 175 years in prison in 2018 for sexually abusing over 250 athletes, including Olympic medallists like Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, and McKayla Maroney. Over 150 victims testified during his trial about the abuse they endured at various institutions where Nassar worked.

Simone Biles during her testimony in 2021. GETTY IMAGES
Simone Biles during her testimony in 2021. GETTY IMAGES

Larry Nassar's continued abuse of young individuals until his 2016 arrest was facilitated by authorities' failure to act on mishandled complaints, as detailed in an internal investigation. Agreements announced Monday seek to resolve complaints against the United States regarding the FBI's insufficient investigation into Nassar's behaviour.

FBI Director Christopher Wray admitted to the agency's shortcomings during testimony before a U.S. Senate committee in September 2021, describing them as "unforgivable."

"I am especially sorry that there were people in the FBI who had their own chance to stop this monster in 2015 and failed," Wray said addressing the doctor's victims.

In 2021, survivors of Nassar's abuse reached a $380 million settlement with the United States Gymnastics Federation, which had filed for bankruptcy in 2018 following a wave of accusations against Nassar. Furthermore, Michigan State University agreed to a $500 million settlement with hundreds of Nassar's victims in 2018. Despite serving his sentence in a Florida state prison, Nassar encountered a stabbing incident by another inmate in July of the preceding year, though he eventually recuperated from his injuries.