Lawyers Calls New OSU Band Allegations ‘Salacious’

Posted on:

< < Back to

An attorney for fired Ohio State University band director Jonathan Waters says he plans to "aggressively attack" the school's new allegations.

David Axelrod called the university's response Thursday to a federal lawsuit seeking Waters' reinstatement "salacious."

University lawyers say Waters witnessed more sexually charged incidents than previously reported, once proposed punishing a band member who reported sexual assault and repeatedly misled university investigators to conceal the culture of the band.

Ohio State wants the lawsuit dismissed, noting Waters was an at-will employee.

Waters was fired July 24 after investigators concluded he turned a blind eye to a "sexualized culture" within the band, including partially clad marching, groping games and explicit nicknames.