A college wrestling referee says former Ohio State University athletic team doctor Richard Strauss masturbated in front of him inside a locker room shower in the mid-1990’s, according to a new lawsuit filed against the school.
When he reported the incident to OSU’s wrestling coaches — US Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, then the team’s assistant coach, and Russ Hellickson, the team’s former head coach — they failed to take any action, according to the lawsuit filed Thursday.
They responded, “Yeah, that’s Strauss,” the referee, referred to in the lawsuit as John Doe 42, alleges.
The lawsuit, filed in Ohio federal court by 43 men who claim they were “sexually assaulted, abused, molested and/or harassed by Dr. Strauss,” is filed against OSU alone and has no individual defendants.
Jordan has previously denied knowing about allegations of sexual abuse at Ohio State. And he did again Friday.