OSU band director to sue with help of ex-Ohio AG

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Jonathan Waters, former OSU marching band director

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lawyers for fired Ohio State marching band director Jonathan Waters say he is suing.

Waters’ legal team for the challenge will include Jim Petro, a former Republican attorney general and chancellor of higher education. Details of the litigation “against individuals and the university” are scheduled to be released Friday afternoon.

Waters was fired July 24 after a two-month university investigation concluded he knew about but failed to stop a “sexualized culture” within the band of rituals that included partially-clad marching, groping games and sometimes explicit nicknames.

Alumni of what’s known to fans as The Best Damn Band in the Land have rallied around Waters and challenged the university’s findings and assumptions.

Ohio State President Michael Drake and the university board have stood by the firing.


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