APNewsBreak: 300-plus accusers in Ohio State doctor scandal

August 23, 2019 - 9:15 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers for men suing Ohio State University over alleged decades-old sexual misconduct by a team doctor say the number of accusers has topped 300.

Totals confirmed to The Associated Press put the group's size in the same ballpark as the initial wave of plaintiffs who got $425 million from Michigan State University to settle claims related to imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar .

Over half the 300-plus men in the Ohio State matter are plaintiffs in federal lawsuits alleging officials knew about concerns about Dr. Richard Strauss but failed to stop him. The lawsuits are in mediation toward a potential settlement.

A law firm that investigated for the university said 177 men provided firsthand accounts of sexual abuse by Strauss. The list of accusers has continued to grow.

Strauss died in 2005.