Ohio State spending nears $1M in band director fight

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A newspaper review finds that Ohio State University has spent nearly $900,000 combined on an investigation of marching band culture and to defend itself in a federal lawsuit brought by fired band director Jonathan Waters.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the school was charged $698,000 by five firms hired to follow up after a two-month internal investigation led to Waters’ July 24 firing. The probe concluded Waters knew about but failed to stop a “sexualized culture” of rituals and pranks within the storied band.

The outside review also faulted university administrators, others on the band staff and societal pressure.

Attorney general’s office records showed the university has spent $200,000 of its allotted $390,000 on defense fees in the Waters’ discrimination suit. He seeks reinstatement and $1 million in damages.


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