There are more allegations against Michigan State women’s gymnastics coach Kathie Klages as additional details emerge from a lawsuit filed against a former Spartans team doctor.
According to a report from the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday, court documents allege that Klages told a Michigan State gymnast to keep quiet about inappropriate behavior by former team doctor Larry Nassar in the late 1990s.
Nassar is facing nearly 60 allegations of sexual assault that date back to the 1990s and, along with being the subject of multiple civil suits, is at the center of two criminal cases. He was fired by Michigan State in September after nearly two decades working with the program. Klages was suspended by Michigan State on Monday.
From the Free Press:
During a medical appointment in the late 1990s, Larry Nassar “held down” a teenage girl who “specifically declined” an intervaginal procedure and performed it against her will, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
Those court documents also allege that head MSU women’s gymnastics coach Kathie Klages asked the girl if Nassar had performed procedures that included digital vaginal and anal penetration on her.
When the girl said yes, “Klages told (her) that there is no reason to bring up Nassar’s conduct,” attorneys wrote in the court documents.
This is not the first allegation against Klages, who is in her 27th season with the Spartans. She allegedly “discouraged” a teenage girl — who was part of a youth gymnastics program Klages was running — from filing a complaint about Nassar’s treatments in 1997 or 1998, according to a report from MLive.
Nassar is scheduled to be in court for a preliminary hearing this Friday, the Free Press reports.
The women’s gymnastics team isn’t the only one currently going through off-field allegations at Michigan State. Three football players and one football staff member are being investigated in an alleged sexual assault, the school announced last week.