Report: Ohio State pays over $40 million to settle lawsuits over abuse involving former team doctor
Ohio State University will be paying approximately $41 million to settle lawsuits filed by 162 men alleging mistreatment and abuse by former team doctor Richard Strauss. ESPN reported the news on Friday.
The $41 million will settle a dozen lawsuits filed by 162 men who alleged the mistreatment and abuse by Strauss. ESPN reported that around 350 former student-athletes and other men sued the school for failing to intervene and stop Strauss’s actions, despite being notified of concerns.
According to the law firm that investigated the allegations, Strauss reportedly abused student-athletes and other men between 1979 and 1997 at various places on campus. That includes athletic facilities, the student health center, off-campus men’s clinic and his home. There were 1,500 alleged acts of misconduct by Strauss.
“The university of decades ago failed these individuals — our students, alumni and members of the Buckeye community,” said Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake. “Nothing can undo the wrongs of the past, but we must do what we can today to work toward restorative justice.”
Strauss died in 2005.
Ohio State University announced in March that it had settled the lawsuits, but the amount of money was not known until this week.