Testimony: Ex-MSU president didn’t know Nassar case


CHARLOTTE, Mich. (WOOD) — The former president of Michigan State University returned to court Monday on a charge she lied to police about her knowledge of allegations against Larry Nassar.

Lou Anna Simon appeared to be wearing the same outfit she had on for two earlier court appearances. Simon is charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors in connection to the 2014 Title IX investigation sparked by a sexual assault complaint made by Amanda Thomashow.

Simon says she didn’t know about Nassar until 2016. However, investigators say in court documents that Simon had a meeting with a senior adviser, Paulette Granberry Russell, in May 2014 to discuss the allegations against Nassar. Investigators uncovered a folder Russell had while meeting with Simon that day, the court documents state.

Testimony during Monday’s preliminary hearing largely focused on people who worked closely with Simon who had knowledge about the accusations against Nassar in 2014.

The person who spent the most time on the stand Monday was Kristine Moore, who conducted the Title IX investigation into Thomashow’s complaint.

Moore said she did not find any university policy violations, but admitted she was not looking for criminal violations.

She said she notified several people about the complaint, but not Simon. Moore said Simon was also not present for any of the three physician interviews she conducted to determine if Nassar’s actions were medically appropriate, and Simon never got a copy of her report or a draft of it before 2016.

Testimony continues Tuesday.

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