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Sexual Harassment News: Ohio State, Richard Strauss, Kevin Spacey

by HB Sexual Harassment Legal Team

05/20/2019

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Ohio State knew of team doctor's sexual abuse of students, report says

An Ohio State University team doctor who died years ago sexually abused at least 177 students over a period of decades so wantonly that students described his examinations as hazing — and their coaches, trainers, other team doctors and school leaders knew about it, according to an investigative report released Friday.

Dr. Richard Strauss abused the men from 1979 to 1997 — nearly his entire time at Ohio State — in episodes involving male students from at least 16 sports, plus his work at the student health center and his off-campus clinic, according to findings from a law firm that investigated the accusations, released by the university. read more »

OSU team doctor sexually abused 177 students over decades

The abuse included athletes from at least 16 school sports teams and also encompassed other students who saw Dr. Richard Strauss at the school's student health center and an off-campus clinic. read more »

Kevin Spacey sexual assault accuser to remain anonymous

A federal judge on Wednesday allowed a massage therapist to remain anonymous as he pursues a sexual assault lawsuit against Kevin Spacey.

The massage therapist filed suit in October 2018, alleging that the actor tried to kiss him and forced him to grab his genitals during a session in Malibu in 2016. Spacey also faces a criminal charge in Nantucket, in which he is accused of groping a busboy. He has pleaded not guilty.

In the civil case, Spacey’s attorneys had asked Judge Ronald Lew to dismiss the suit because the plaintiff filed anonymously. The therapist’s attorneys argued that disclosing his name could result in loss of business and expose him to potential physical harm. In his ruling, Lew held that courts have allowed sexual assault victims to remain anonymous to protect their privacy. read more »