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13 females to sue Michigan State over doc's alleged assaults

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EAST LANSING, MI (AP) -

Lawyers for 13 women and girls have told Michigan State University that they plan to sue the school over alleged sexual assaults by a doctor who also worked for USA Gymnastics.

A notice was filed Tuesday in the Court of Claims. It's a procedural step under state law.

The letter accuses Dr. Larry Nassar of "digital penetration" without proper notice "under the guise of providing care" at his office at Michigan State, from 1996 to 2015. Attorney Stephen Drew says most were gymnasts from across Michigan.

The notice says Michigan State didn't properly investigate complaints about Nassar. Michigan State spokesman Jason Cody declined to comment on the filing.

Nassar no longer works on campus. Separately, he's charged with sexually assaulting a girl at his Holt, Michigan, home. He denies wrongdoing.

Jason Cody with MSU Media Communications released the following statement: 

“While we have not been served with any lawsuit and therefore are unable to comment on any potential litigation, I can tell you we take allegations of sexual abuse very seriously. Our police, the lead investigative agency in the Nassar case, are devoting significant resources to the criminal investigation against him and are vigorously reviewing all complaints and working through them with the state Attorney General’s office.

After taking a report of alleged sexual assault against Nassar on Aug. 29, MSUPD detectives immediately began an investigation and notified our administration. Nassar was immediately reassigned from all of his clinical duties. The university fired Nassar on Sept. 20. All of the investigations are being handled by MSUPD’s Special Victims Unit with more than a dozen investigators assigned to the cases.

We will continue to work with the Attorney General and other law enforcement partners as the criminal investigation moves forward.”

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