Witness Says OSU Probe Of Marching Band Is Flawed

Aug 12, 2014

A witness in Ohio State University's investigation of its marching band says it's "absurd" to suggest fired director Jon Waters was dismissive of sexual harassment.

In a letter to OSU President Michael Drake and trustees obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, the witness says she was sexually assaulted in high school and Waters protected her by involving stadium security when the perpetrator's relatives attended a band rehearsal. She says a meeting with Waters was misconstrued in the investigative report. Waters was fired July 24 after a two-month investigation concluded he knew about but didn't stop a "sexualized culture" of rituals, including students marching in their underwear and performing sexually themed stunts. The school has yet to comment on the witness statements.