Judge To Hear From Fired Ohio State Band Director’s Lawyers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Lawyers for Ohio State’s fired marching band director are taking their request to withdraw from his case to the judge.

U.S. District Judge James Graham has set a hearing on the request Tuesday. Former director Jonathan Waters’ legal team has said in court filings that Waters is unable to “substantially meet” his financial obligations.

Waters says he has used both personal funds and money raised through the band alumni club to pay for a pair of lawsuits. One alleges the university engaged in gender discrimination when it fired Waters in July 2014. Another alleges defamation. He seeks reinstatement and damages.

Ohio State terminated Waters after an internal investigation concluded he ignored a “sexualized culture” inside what fans call The Best Damn Band in the Land. Waters refutes university allegations.