EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State has suspended its women’s gymnastics coach, two weeks after she was accused in a lawsuit of downplaying complaints about sexual abuse by a sports doctor.
University spokesman Jason Cody says Kathie Klages was suspended Monday. He offered no details and didn’t say whether the suspension was related to Dr. Larry Nassar.
Nassar is a former Michigan State doctor who is being sued by more than two dozen women and girls who allege he molested them during treatments.
In a Jan. 31 court filing, one woman says Klages diminished her concerns in the late 1990s. The woman says Klages was her coach when she was a teenager in a Michigan State youth program.
Nassar has denied abuse allegations. He’s criminally charged with assaulting a girl at his home and possessing child pornography.