COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – More men are stepping forward with allegations about sexual misconduct by the former Ohio State athletics doctor now accused of abusing students between 1979 and 1997.
The addition of two lawsuits filed late last week means a total of about 200 men are suing the university over its failure to stop the now-deceased doctor, Richard Strauss, despite employees knowing about concerns. Lawyers involved say they represent even more men who aren’t listed plaintiffs, bringing the number of accusers above 300.
The latest accusers to identify themselves publicly include former lacrosse player Mike Avery, a news anchor in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He told NBC News that Strauss fondled him during several physical exams.
The school says about 1,500 instances of decades-old sexual misconduct by Strauss have been reported since last year.