FORMER PENN STATE president Graham Spanier has filed a defamation lawsuit that accuses former FBI director Louis Freeh of scapegoating him in Freeh's scathing report on the Jerry Sandusky case.

The lawsuit yesterday accuses Freeh of damaging Spanier's reputation through the report his firm prepared for Penn State trustees in 2012.

The Freeh report faults Spanier and other school leaders for allegedly covering up reports that the assistant football coach was abusing children.

Spanier lawyer Libby Locke calls the Freeh report "a public relations product" that "scapegoated" Spanier, then-football coach Joe Paterno and others.

Sandusky is in prison after his 2012 conviction for sexually abusing 10 children.

- Associated Press