The Late Richard Strauss died in 2005 by suicide accused of sexual assault on hundreds of people in the late 1970s. In 2018, Ohio State University reached a $60 million settlement with nearly 300 people. It contended that any new cases should be rejected because the period for filing claims had passed.


The U.S. Supreme Court is shown on May 16, 2023, in Washington. The Supreme Court ruled on June 26, 2023, that over 230 men can proceed with lawsuits against Ohio State University regarding a former team doctor’s sexual assaults. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Ohio State University Will be Sued for the Sexual Abuse of Their Former Worker

From the reports released by Fox News, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 26, 2023, that over 230 people can sue the institution for the doctor’s abuse. The Supreme Court confirmed an order on Monday that authorizes more than 230 men to sue Ohio State campus for decades-old sexual assault by the late Richard Strauss, a campus doctor.

Two instances involving abuse were among the many cases that the court said it would not hear. And, as is usual, the court made no statement while announcing that it would not consider the cases.

Ohio State University had wished the court to reconsider a ruling by the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that resurrected previously dismissed claims. The people who filed charges were just among the hundreds who claim to be victims of Strauss’s assault.

They claim that despite allegations dating back to the late 1970s, college management did nothing to prevent his sexual assault from continuing. Strauss is accused of abusing several of them during compulsory physicals and other medical checks at campus athletic facilities, a student health center, his house, and an off-campus clinic.

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Action on the Remaining Defendants

Strauss hanged himself in 2005, at the age of 67. In 2018, the university announced an investigation into Strauss’ abuse and the university’s behavior. It has apologized to its victims of sexual assault and achieved settlements totaling more than $60 million with at least 296 people.

However, the governing body eventually requested the dismissal of the remaining unsettled cases, saying that the time limit for filing claims had long gone.

The remaining defendants have contended that their claims were filed on time and that the time restriction did not begin to run until the 2018 probe into Strauss’ abuse made his behavior public. The men claim that was the first time they realized that the school was aware of Strauss’ abuse yet failed to protect them from him. Many didn’t recognize they’d been abused until Strauss disguised his abuse as medical attention, according to their lawyers.

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