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Mediation talks set in former MSU football staffer's lawsuit

Posted: 4:13 AM, Aug 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-13 11:08:24-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A former Michigan State University football employee is scheduled to participate in mediation talks in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, Aug. 13.

In November of 2018, Curtis Blackwell filed a lawsuit against former Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon, former Athletic Director Mark Hollis, current Head Football Coach Mark Dantonio and two Michigan State University Police Detectives.

Blackwell claims in 2017 he was wrongfully arrested in sexual assault investigation that involves three former Spartan football players.

Those three players are Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance. They were kicked off the team for being charged with sexual assault for an incident that allegedly happened in January 2017.

The three plead guilty to reduced charges of seduction. They were sentenced to probation in 2018.

In his lawsuit, Blackwell claims MSU officials were 'feeling the heat' of the Nassar scandal. He's seeking more than $75,000 in damages.

Blackwell, Dantonio, Simon, Hollis and lawyers are scheduled to participate in mediation talks on Tuesday.

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