Hearings To Resume On Bill To Let Sexual Abuse Accusers Sue Ohio State

Feb 11, 2020

An Ohio House committee is resuming hearings on a proposal to enable survivors to sue Ohio State University over decades-old sexual abuse by now-deceased team doctor Richard Strauss. 

The action Tuesday comes a week after the governor and the leader of the Ohio House said publicly they feel the university should get the matter settled.

About 350 men have sued the school in federal court, but months of mediation haven’t produced a settlement.

The pending legislation would let the accusers sue under state law instead. Ohio State officials insist they're committed to a "monetary resolution" and pursuing a resolution in mediation.

More than 300 men have joined lawsuits claiming Ohio State knew about and failed to stop abuse by Strauss, who worked at the school from the 1970s-90s.

Ohio State officials repeatedly said they've led the way on the Strauss investigation and remain committed to a monetary settlement. Those talks are currently in mediation.