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Michigan State sued after rejecting white nationalist group

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2016, file photo, Richard Spencer, who leads a movement that mixes racism, white nationalism and populism, speaks at the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas. A lawsuit has been filed against Michigan State University after it denied a request to rent space on campus for Spencer to speak in September. Georgia State University student Cameron Padgett, who tried to rent the room, sued Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, alleging the university is violating Spencer's free speech. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

DETROIT (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed against Michigan State University after it denied a request to rent space on campus for white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak in September.

Georgia State University student Cameron Padgett, who tried to rent the room, sued Sunday alleging the university is violating Spencer’s free speech.

The East Lansing school has said in a statement the decision was made “due to significant concerns about public safety” and cited the “tragic violence” in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Spencer said in a text message to the Associated Press Sunday that, “Cameron Padgett is a brave young man who has my full support.”

Spencer was scheduled to speak at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville that ended in violence.

A woman was killed after a car drove into counterprotesters.

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