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Mel Tucker's Lawyers file to move text message lawsuit to federal court

Associated Press
Associated Press

A lawsuit filed by the person who accused Michigan State University football coach Mel Tucker of sexual harassment may be heard in federal court.

Early this month, rape survivor and activist Brenda Tracy was granted a temporary emergency restraining order against Mel Tucker and his attorneys. The complaint was made after Tucker’s legal team published some of Tracy’s texts to the public. The release occurred shortly before an M-S-U Title NINE hearing on her claims of sexual misconduct.

Karen Truszkowski is part of Tracy’s legal team. She says a previous hearing about the case was cancelled.

“That is because the opposing parties removed the case from state court to federal court, which they are allowed to do that. If they can show that the federal court has jurisdiction.”

A decision from a U.S. District Court judge on whether the case will remain in federal court is expected later this week. Tucker’s team did not return a request for comment.

As WKAR's Bilingual Latinx Stories Reporter, Michelle reports in both English and Spanish on stories affecting Michigan's Latinx community. Michelle is also the voice of WKAR's weekend news programs.
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