Michigan State to pay for ex-President Simon’s criminal defense – The State News

chigan State will pay for former President Lou Anna K. Simon’s criminal defense, and it’s legal fees relating to the ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar scandal is reaching nearly $20 million, the Lansing State Journal reports.

The total cost to the university as of November was more than $523 million, according to records obtained by the Lansing State Journal. This includes legal fees, the $500 million settlement with hundreds of Nassar survivors, payments to consultants and the Healing Assistance Fund.

MSU is paying for all, or part, of the defense for three former officials charged in the ongoing investigation into the university’s handling of sexual assault reports involving Nassar — Simon, former MSU dean William Strampel and former MSU gymnastics coach Kathie Klages.

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