Lawsuit: Current Michigan Assistant AD Knew of Abuse

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A federal lawsuit filed Thursday alleges that a University of Michigan assistant athletic director knew about — and laughed about — abuse claims against former team physician Robert Anderson.

Paul Schmidt is the fifth university representative to be accused of knowing about Anderson's behavior, but the first who is currently employed by Michigan, according to The Detroit News.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Detroit by a former football player who said he received a required physical examination from Anderson as a freshman in the 1980s. During the appointment, the man alleges, the doctor groped his penis and testicles "for an inordinately long period of time." Afterward, he ran into Schmidt, then a football trainer, according to the lawsuit.

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