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Lawsuit: Three Michigan State basketball players raped woman in 2015

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Three Michigan State basketball players raped a student in 2015, one week after the Final Four, and the university coerced the woman not to report it to authorities, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday.

The case, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan Southern Division, alleges three unnamed players — identified only as John Doe 1, 2 and 3 — took the 18-year-old, first-year female Jane Doe home from an East Lansing bar between the evening of April 11, 2015 and the morning of April 12.

The woman never reported the alleged sexual assault to police, said Karen Truszkowski, the woman’s attorney.

“I think the complaint kind of speaks for itself,” Truszkowski said, declining further comment.

Emily Guerrant, MSU’s vice president and university spokesperson, said the university does not comment on pending litigation.  It is the latest allegation of sexual assault within the university’s athletic department that has been under scrutiny since 2015 by the federal Office for Civil Rights, which determined MSU’s handling of some Title IX cases had created a “hostile environment” on campus for individuals who complained about relationship violence or sexual misconduct and found there was confusion among MSU’s athletic department staff about who should report sexual assault claims to the university’s investigation office.

A message for the MSU athletic department was not immediately returned.



Does this ultimately mean the end of the Izzo era at MSU?


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