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Mike McQueary Suing Penn State for $4 Million

by on October 02, 2012 6:53 PM

Former Penn State wide receivers coach Michael McQueary is seeking $4 million in damages from Penn State, according to a civil suit filed on Tuesday. 

McQueary filed a writ in May, notifying Penn State of his intent to sue. The suit is whistleblower, defamation and misrepresentation case and says the events leading to and McQueary's wrongful termination and comments made by former Penn State President Graham Spanier have kept him from finding employment and has subjected him to "public scorn and vilification." 

Before a grand jury in 2010 and again at trial in June, McQueary testified he walked in on Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in the Lasch Football Building locker room shower on the night of Feb. 9, 2001 and maintained that he made sure to make them aware he was in the building by slamming his locker shut before leaving. 

Now, McQueary is saying he deserves to be compensated for "lost future earnings, plus general damages to be determined at trial for distress, anguish, humiliation and embarrassment, plus punitive damages costs of suit and such other relief deemed appropriate by the court," according to court documents. 

In court documents, McQueary said he was, to his knowledge, the only Penn State employee not reimbursed for counsel fees incurred related to the grand jury investigation or his testimony and that he was refused severance pay. In fact, McQueary was not even aware that he was fired until Penn State President Rodney Erickson announced it in July. 

"The plaintiff received no notice that his employment was terminated until he heard during a televised news conference on July 5, 2012 ... stating that the plaintiff was no longer employed by the university," the court document says. 

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier is blamed in the court document for the defamation of McQueary's character. The suit cites comments made by Spanier that suggested McQueary lied to law enforcement officials about his testimony. 

Citing irreprable damage to his character as the comments were read online and in print and broadcast on television, McQueary wants Penn State held liable as no formal apology was ever issued. 

Penn State spokesman Dave La Torre said the university was just receiving the information as media became aware of it on Tuesday, as the document was filed the same day. The university has no comment at this time. 

No court date has been set or judge appointed to the case. 

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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