Ex-Penn State President Files Lawsuit
In the increasingly dramatic saga that is Pennsylvania State University football, the former president of the university, Graham Spanier, has added to it. Along with suing PSU, Spanier is also suing Louis J. Freeh, the former FBI chief who was in charge of the investigation of the school after the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal in 2011. The lawsuit against Freeh and his law firm, Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, accuses Freeh of defamation and tortious interference. His lawsuit against the school claims a breach of contract.
Spanier's suit claims that the The Freeh Report included "false and defamatory" statements which stated that the president of 16 years had been part of the cover up in Sandusky's scandal. This all was filed while Spanier is awaiting to stand trial on charges of endangering the welfare of children, obstruction of justice, perjury, failure to report child abuse, conspiracy to endanger the welfare of children, and conspiracy to commit perjury.
Spanier says that Freeh and his firm were hired at the expense of over $8 million, paid by the Penn State Board of Trustees, and that Freeh already had made a "preconceived outcome" that agreed with the Board's decision to terminate legendary football coach Joe Paterno and Spanier's contracts. Spanier also states that this investigation "intentionally interfered" with Spanier's ability to obtain employment after leaving the school.
Spanier is seeking punitive and compensatory damages from the school, Freeh, and Freeh's firm.