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Lou Anna K. Simon's former assistant testifies in preliminary exam

Posted at 9:22 PM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 22:34:32-04

EATON COUNTY, Mich. — Monday the state called two witnesses who worked in the Office for Inclusion at Michigan State University at the time Lou Anna K. Simon was president.

One witness conducted the very first investigation into Larry Nassar, and the other was her boss.

Simon sat calmly in the courtroom as Kristine Moore was interviewed. Moore’s job was to look into claims of sexual assault against MSU employees. She began investigating Nassar in May of 2014 after Amanda Tomashow came forward. Both sides asked Moore who she told about the investigation. She named several people, but not Simon.

Prosecutors tried to call her credibility into question, asking why she was promoted to a job in MSU’s Office of General Counsel after the Nassar investigation – accusing her of helping cover up the university’s mistakes along the way.

Simon’s lawyer objected to that line of questioning and said prosecutors have no evidence proving Simon lied to police.

“There is no smoking gun to the best of my knowledge, but keep an eye out and I think you’ll find at the conclusion of this there is no such thing,” said attorney Lee Silver.

The attorney general’s office did not comment.

Simon’s preliminary exam continues Tuesday at 9 a.m. There is no word yet on how many more witnesses will be called.

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