OSU Reaches Settlements With More Abuse Survivors of Former Team Physician

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The Ohio State University has reached a settlement with more survivors of abuse, carried out over decades by a former athletics physician.

The university agreed to a $5.8-million deal to settle five different lawsuits, brought by 23 additional survivors of the conduct Dr. Richard Strauss.

The settlement is in top of a previous deal with over 160 survivors, amounting to nearly $41-million. In all, 10 different law firms have settled with the university for nearly $47-million.

Dr. Strauss was employed by the university from the late 1970's to the late 1990's. Survivors allege he carried out sexual abuse on student-athletes.

An independent investigation, commissioned by the university in 2019, found at least 177 male students were abused by Dr. Strauss.

The report also concluded that university personnel at the time had failed to adequately respond to or prevent Strauss' abuse.

Dr. Strauss died in 2005.

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