Alum: Fired OSU band director protected students

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A witness in the investigation of Ohio State's marching band calls it "absurd" to suggest fired director Jonathan Waters was dismissive of sexual harassment.

The 38-year-old Waters was fired July 24 after a two-month probe concluded he knew about, but failed to stop, a "sexualized culture" of rituals including students marching partially-clad and performing sexually-themed stunts.

In a Monday letter to President Michael Drake and trustees, the witness said she was sexually assaulted in high school and Waters protected her by involving stadium security when the perpetrator's relatives attended a band rehearsal. She also said a meeting with Waters was misconstrued in the report.

The Associated Press generally does not identify victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly.

Messages were left with the university, which defends Waters' firing.

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