Survivors of Larry Nassar filed a lawsuit against Michigan State University, alleging that they were withholding documents about the case. The suit was for accountability purposes, not money, according to the victims and their parents.
The suit alleges the school was refusing to give the documents to the attorney general’s office, and not turning over emails. The school said it was protected through an attorney-client – a victim’s attorney believes the school board made a ‘secret vote’ to avoid releasing the documents.
Attorney Azzam Elder remarks that the school violated the Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act, they want the school to turn over all emails and other forms of communication. Spokesperson Mark Bullion says the university doesn’t comment on pending litigations.
Nassar’s Crime And Aftermath
Bullion adds the school hasn’t seen the suit. Previously, Attorney General Dana Nessel launched a probe in 2021 on how the school handle
d the case, as they were refusing to release the documents. The victims find it hard to heal without knowing the answers to questions of the public.
According to the Department of Justice’s investigation, Larry Nassar, who was a former sports doctor had been accused of sexually assaulting several women, girls, and top athletes during his career on MSU and U.S. Women’s National Artistic Gymnastics Team.
He was charged and arrested, in addition his medical license was revoked. One of the survivors, Melissa Brown Hudecz, commented that refusing to hand over the documents showed the university’s lack of institutional accountability and added to their trauma.
She adds that everyone deserves the truth of what happened. The University has received criticisms for their treatment of Nassar’s case and handling of the survivors – with them insisting that no one had covered up his crime.
A previous lawsuit against the university had them pay around $500 million.
Source: abc News