Cleveland.com: By Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A former college wrestling referee claims in a new lawsuit that U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, then an Ohio State University assistant wrestling coach, brushed off his report in the mid-1990s about being sexually harassed by disgraced ex-OSU athletic doctor Richard Strauss.
“Yeah, that’s Strauss,” the referee – identified only as John Doe 42 – says Jordan and then–head coach Russ Hellickson told him after the official told them in either 1994 or 1995 that Strauss approached him in the shower and masturbated while staring at him.
The allegation, made in a lawsuit filed Thursday by dozens of Strauss’ victims against Ohio State, follows a claim by ex-wrestler Mike DiSabato that Jordan knew about the doctor’s abuse of wrestlers he coached but did nothing about it.
Jordan, a Champaign County Republican who has been a high-profile defender of President Donald Trump, has repeatedly said that he didn’t know about Strauss’ misconduct while serving as an OSU wrestling coach from 1986 to 1994.