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G-Span Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Freeh

Almost a year after Louis Freeh’s damning report came out, former Penn State president Graham Spanier is suing the former FBI director for defamation.

In court documents filed late today in the Centre County Court of Common Pleas, Spanier announced his intentions to sue Freeh and is requesting monetary damages.

Spanier was blasted in Freeh’s report for purposely concealing Sandusky’s actions. The report stated that Spanier “never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest.”

“Why on earth would anybody cover up for a known child predator? Adverse publicity? For heaven’s sake! Every day I had to make some decision that got adverse publicity,” Spanier said at the time to ABC. “Never in my time as president of Penn State did I ever — ever once — receive a report from anyone that suggested that Jerry Sandusky was involved in any child abuse, in any sexual abuse, in any criminal act.”

Presumably, the lawsuit will make mention of the severe reputational loss Spanier has suffered because of Louis Freeh’s commentary in the report.

You can read the brief writ of summons below. An official lawsuit should be filed in the next two weeks.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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