Filed in US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the lawsuit claims that the men were “sexually assaulted, abused, molested and/or harassed” by Strauss while he was employed by the university from 1978 to 1998.
One of the identified alleged abuse victims, Timothy Moxley, claims he was abused by Strauss multiple times as a minor while attending a wrestling camp held on the school’s campus before being abused again at the hands of Strauss as a student athlete at the university, according to the lawsuit.
Another student-athlete, an All-American wrestler, said that whenever he got injured he had to decide: “Is this injury bad enough that I’m going to get molested for it?” the lawsuit states.
Alleged victims identified in Monday’s lawsuit claim that “numerous student-athletes complained to OSU administrators and staff about Dr. Strauss’ inappropriate conduct,” starting from 1978 until 1996.
The lawsuit states that “university personnel had knowledge of Strauss’ sexual abusive treatment of male student-patients as early as 1979,” adding that university personnel were aware of this within the physician’s first year working at the university, according to the lawsuit.
According to the university, the school has reached settlement agreements with 185 survivors in 17 lawsuits, totaling $46.7 million.
“Through the new Strauss Individual Settlement Program, the university is committed to providing an average settlement amount of up to $252,551 to individual survivors involved in five of the active cases against Ohio State,” university spokesperson Benjamin Johnson told CNN.
Alleged victims in Monday’s lawsuit are represented by Scott Elliot Smith, the law firm of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel, and Public Justice, a national non-profit legal advocacy organization.
Strauss died by suicide in 2005.