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A lady who claimed that the ex-coach of Michigan State football made her uncomfortable is planning to take legal action against him and the school

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A lady is planning to file a lawsuit against Michigan State University’s ex-football coach, Mel Tucker, the school, and others, seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages, as per new legal documents.

Brenda Tracy, a survivor of sexual assault and an advocate, intends to sue Tucker, MSU, its board of trustees, and a dozen other unnamed individuals for $75 million. She alleges that Tucker sexually harassed her, the school failed to properly investigate her claims, and an unidentified MSU-affiliated person leaked her identity to the media. The notice of intent to sue was filed in a Michigan court on Wednesday.

Karen Truszkowski, Tracy’s lawyer, declined to comment when CNN reached out on Wednesday.

Tracy filed a complaint with MSU’s Title IX office in December 2022, claiming Tucker made inappropriate comments and engaged in inappropriate behavior during a phone call in April 2022, as reported by USA Today last September.

In the recent filings, Tracy claims that after notifying MSU about the phone call in late 2022, the school assured her of confidentiality. However, an unidentified MSU-affiliated party allegedly leaked her name to the press, leading to threats against her and her family. Tracy plans to file two lawsuits – one under her name for $50 million and a second under her non-profit “Set The Expectation” for $25 million.

Tracy founded “Set The Expectation” to speak to athletes about sexual violence. She was raped in 1998 by four college football players, inspiring her advocacy work. Despite the ongoing threats, MSU fired Tucker on September 27, following an investigation reported by USA Today.

Tucker, who became Michigan State’s head coach in 2020, signed a lucrative contract in his second season. The team’s poor performance in 2022 led to his suspension and subsequent firing amid the harassment allegations.

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