Investigator of 2014 Nassar Title IX complaint testifies in Simon hearing

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Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon was back in court for day two of her preliminary exam Monday.

Simon is charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors, accused of lying to police during the course of the Larry Nassar investigation. She told police she knew a sports medicine doctor was under investigation in 2014, but did not know it was Nassar specifically. Prosecutors say that was a lie.

>>>Recap of Day 1 of Simon’s preliminary exam, including case background

Testimony only went until noon, before recessing until Tuesday. 

Most of the morning was spent hearing testimony from former MSU Title IX investigator Kristine Moore. Moore, who currently works in the Office of the General Counsel, investigated Amanda Thomashow’s 2014 complaint against Nassar.

Much of Moore’s time on the stand was spent establishing a timeline of the investigation. Prosecutors say that testimony is a piece of the puzzle will eventually prove Simon knew about Nassar in 2014. 

But Simon’s defense team argued Moore’s testimony has nothing to do with the charges against Simon.

“Completely irrelevant,” Lee Silver argued. “We are here to decide what Dr. Simon knew 2014.”

“Miss Simon has indicated when she talked to us, that she didn’t know anything about the complaints against nassar until 2016,” Assistant Attorney General Scott Teter countered. “Anything that happened before her interview with us in 2018 is relevant.”

Silver, during cross examination, asked Moore if she ever spoke to Simon about Thomashow’s complaint prior to 2016.

“Prior to 2016, did you ever have any communications with Lou Anna Simon regarding Amanda Thomashow’s complaint?” Silver asked.

“No,” Moore responded.

“Prior to 2016, did you ever have communications with Lou Anna Simon regarding Larry Nassar?” Silver asked.

“No,” Moore said.

Prosecutors called Simon’s former Senior Advisor, Paulette Granberry Russell, to the stand, but testimony did not last long before Judge Julie Reincke ended proceedings for the day.

Prosecutors say it’s Russell’s notes, brought to a meeting with Simon in 2014, that prove Simon knew about Nassar.

But during the first hearing, Simon’s attorneys argued Granberry Russell told investigators under oath she did not remember having that meeting, and if it happened, it would have been over the phone.

Officials with the Attorney General’s office would not comment after Monday’s hearing. But Silver said he’s seen no evidence proving Simon knew about Nassar in 2014.

“I have not seen a smoking gun yet,” he said. “So, there is no smoking gun to the best of my knowledge.”

6 News will be back in the courtroom as testimony continues Tuesday. Follow @WLNSAaronJordan on Twitter for live updates during the proceedings.

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