Jul 13, 2018

Former OSU wrestlers recount sexual abuse in new video

Jim Jordan at a committee meeting. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former Ohio State wrestlers who allege to have been sexually abused by their former team doctor, Richard Strauss, recounted their abuse in a new video given to NBC.

Why it matters: The players never referred to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who was an assistant coach on the team 20 years ago during the time of the abuse, as a participant in the abuse. Jordan has been accused by other wrestlers of failing to act against accusations against Strauss.

The details: Mike DiSabato, a former OSU wrestler and the original whistleblower, created the 11-minute video in which he recounted his own abuse. The video details accounts from DiSabato, former head coach Russ Hellickson, another wrestler, and another student who worked at a clinic with Strauss and says he was also abused by the former team doctor.

  • DiSabato told NBC news that "we didn't think Jim [Jordan] would lie" about knowing abuse was occurring.
  • Hellickson said all of his "administrators recognized it was an issue for me," per NBC News, and that he had "a lot of conversations" with Fred Beekman, the schools former intramural sports and recreation director, about the abuse.

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In photos: Authorities issue warning as Americans venture out for Memorial Day weekend

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Authorities urged Americans to maintain social distancing and wear masks against the coronavirus amid reports of packed beaches and bars during the Memorial Day weekend.

Driving the news: Law enforcement stepped up beach patrols, authorities on Florida's Gulf Coast closed parking lots because they were full and there were crowded scenes at Lake of the Ozarks bars in Missouri, per AP, which reports a shooting injured several people at a packed Daytona Beach in Florida.

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Republicans sue California over mail-out ballot plan

California Gov. Gavin Newsom during a February news conference in Sacramento, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

President Trump accused Democrats of trying "Rig" November's general election as Republican groups filed a lawsuit against California Sunday in an attempt to stop Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) from mailing ballots to all registered voters.

Driving the news: Newsom signed an executive order this month in response to the coronavirus pandemic ensuring that all registered voters in the state receive a mail-in ballot.