Former Penn State prez Graham Spanier suing Louis Freeh for 'slander/libel/defamation'

Hunter Martin

Graham Spanier believes he was miscast by what he feels were mistruths in last year's Freeh Report, and is now suing the man responsible.

Just under a year after the hard-hitting Freeh Report alleged that Graham Spanier was one of several who took part in covering up the sex crimes of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State president is suing Louis Freeh with claims that his character was defamed by untrue statements in the report, according to the Associated Press.

Spanier, alongside former athletic director Tim Curley, vice president Gary Schultz, and most controversially, Joe Paterno, was said to protect Sandusky by keeping the facts of his case from reaching authorities or the public in the Freeh Report. It's not precisely clear what he claims is false about Freeh's findings, but presumably it has to do with those allegations. Spanier, Curley, and Schultz still face criminal charges for their role in the cover-up, and all three maintain their innocence. The report claims that Spanier told investigators he was unaware of Sandusky's claims, but concluded that he wasn't telling them the truth.

The timing of the case is no coincidence. People who feel they have been defamed have one year under Pennsylvania law to file suit, and Friday is the one-year anniversary of the report. Spanier filed his claims against Freeh Thursday.

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