Fired Ohio band head's backers sets up legal fund

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Friends of fired Ohio State University marching band director Jonathan Waters have established a legal assistance fund to help him tell his side of the story.

The university fired Waters last week after a two-month investigation concluded he knew about but failed to stop a "sexualized culture" of rituals that included students being pressured to march in their underwear and to perform sexually themed stunts that yielded often-explicit nicknames.

Waters led the band since 2012 and created halftime shows considered revolutionary, drawing millions of views on YouTube.

Attorney David Axelrod says donations to the Marching for Waters Fund will help defray costs of articulating his "record of achievements" at Ohio State and "defending his reputation."

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