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Richard Strauss Accusers Ask Judge To End Mediation With Ohio State

A group of former Ohio State students detail their stories of alleged sexual abuse by Richard Strauss, a longtime sports doctor, before the Ohio State Board of Trustees on November 16.
Paige Pfleger
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A group of former Ohio State students detail their stories of alleged sexual abuse by Richard Strauss, a longtime sports doctor, before the Ohio State Board of Trustees on November 16.

After months of mediation failed to produce a settlement, some of the men suing Ohio State University over decades-old sexual abuse are asking a judge to let their litigation resume.

Lawyers for nearly half of the roughly 350 accusers who sued the school wrote to the federal judge Monday. They argue the university has “refused to engage in productive settlement talks” and hasn’t participated in good faith, which they say adds to their clients' trauma.

Ohio State officials have publicly apologized to those harmed by Strauss and insisted they are actively mediating in good faith and pursuing a “monetary resolution."

Strauss worked at Ohio State from the 1970s-90s. The lawsuits claim that Ohio State officials knew about and failed to stop abuse by Strauss, who died in 2005.