Son of ex-MSU AD de­nies suit al­le­ga­tion

For­mer ath­lete al­leges Per­les cov­ered up rape claim for Nassar

The Detroit News - - Region - As­so­ci­ated Press

East Lans­ing – The son of a for­mer Michi­gan State Univer­sity ath­letic di­rec­tor said it’s a “fab­ri­ca­tion” that his fa­ther would have cov­ered up a rape al­le­ga­tion made against Larry Nassar in 1992.

Pat Per­les told ESPN that al­le­ga­tions in a law­suit filed Mon­day against MSU seem to be aimed at get­ting a “quick pay­day.”

The law­suit was filed on be­half of a woman who said she was drugged and raped on video­tape in 1992 when she was a 17-year-old field hockey player and Nassar was a med­i­cal stu­dent. It would be one of the ear­li­est as­sault al­le­ga­tions against Nassar, who be­came a sports doc­tor at MSU and USA Gym­nas­tics.

Nassar is now serv­ing decades in prison for child pornog­ra­phy and sex­ual as­sault.

Ge­orge Per­les is an elected mem­ber of MSU’s gov­ern­ing board and a for­mer foot­ball coach. He also was ath­letic di­rec­tor un­til spring 1992.

The law­suit claims he was aware of Nassar’s as­sault in 1992 and cov­ered it up, and that cam­pus po­lice wouldn’t pur­sue it. The law­suit states Per­les forced the field hockey coach to re­turn the video and then ousted the coach.

“His mem­ory is re­mark­ably good for a man his age,” Pat Per­les said of his 84-year-old fa­ther. “He doesn’t re­mem­ber any of this be­cause it never hap­pened. There was no meet­ing with the field hockey coach. It cer­tainly didn’t in­clude this sub­ject. It’s a fab­ri­ca­tion.” MSU po­lice chief Jim Dun­lap, who was an of­fi­cer in 1992, said the sug­ges­tion that cam­pus po­lice would back down and not take a re­port about a rape is “non­sense.”

Ge­orge Per­les hasn’t com­mented. Michi­gan State is lin­ing up a lawyer to rep­re­sent him, al­though he’s not a de­fen­dant in the law­suit. Pat Per­les de­clined to speak to the As­so­ci­ated Press on Thurs­day.

The woman’s lawyer, Jor­dan Mer­son of New York, hasn’t re­turned mes­sages seek­ing fur­ther com­ment.

The law­suit was filed to meet a Mon­day dead­line for le­gal claims against MSU, al­though the al­le­ga­tions might be too old to qual­ify for a share of $75 mil­lion set aside for Nassar vic­tims who aren’t part of a larger $425 mil­lion set­tle­ment.

The law­suit “dis­cred­its the pain and suf­fer­ing of all these other peo­ple who were abused by Nassar be­cause some­one is try­ing to take ad­van­tage for a quick pay­day,” Pat Per­les told ESPN.


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