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Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

MSU's Klages retires amidst Nassar-related allegations


Lawyers representing several woman who say former Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar sexually assaulted them, are calling for an independent investigation, because they say the case hits too close to home for the University's police department.

According to the lawsuit, two different Michigan State athletes reported Nassar's behavior to "trainers and her coach" in both 1999 and 2000; no staff member took action that resulted in any change in either instance.

More than 30 have filed civil lawsuits against Michigan State and Dr. Nassar, who is now in the Ingham County Jail facing federal and state charges of sexual assault and child pornography.

One of the gymnasts in the meeting was a minor when she had been under the care of Nassar from 2008 to 2016 after a back injury, according to the January 27 court filing.

The lawsuit naming Klages was filed on January 10 and has been updated numerous times with additional complaints of inappropriate sexual behavior on the part of Nassar dating back to 1996.

Hollis referred to the meeting in a letter to Klages dated Tuesday. Her recent suspension as head coach is a effect of that,"according to the statement".

"Klages explained that she had known Nassar for years and could not imagine him doing anything questionable", Jane Doe says.

"Her recent suspension as head coach is a effect of that", said the statement from Shirlee Bobryk, Klages' attorney.

That's according to a lawsuit (which you can read here) filed by a scholarship student on the team, who also says she was repeatedly assaulted by Nassar as a child.

Before Nassar was sacked in September 2016, he was an acclaimed sports-medicine physician who was the team doctor for MSU gymnasts. In the interview, White also shared his opinion that despite Michigan State University police being "extraordinary" in their criminal investigation, a third-party investigation is needed.

But Coach Klages wasn't the one who told the team that they shouldn't talk to police, or that their phones might be checked, says Jamie White. When the girl said yes, "Klages told (her) that there is no reason to bring up Nassar's conduct", attorneys wrote in the court documents.

Klages couldn't be reached for comment.

In a statement on Tuesday announcing Klages' retirement, Bobryk said her client would have "reacted immediately to protect her gymnasts" had she ever received that information put her trust in Nassar in doubt.

Nassar, 53, of Holt, worked for decades at MSU and with USA Gymnastics. It was filed January 10 with 18 plaintiffs but has since increased to 37, with two women filing motions on Wednesday to join the lawsuit.

In recent months, dozens of former female patients have filed criminal and civil complaints saying they were sexually abused by Nassar under the guise of medical treatment.

Nassar is being sued by over 30 women for sexual assault spanning from 1994 to 2016. Numerous allegations date back decades and involve medical appointments.

However, he has not been charged with crimes related to his role as a doctor for the university.

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