Fired OSU band director wants chance to clear name

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State's fired marching band director wants the university to schedule a public hearing that would allow him an opportunity to clear his name.

In a letter sent Wednesday, an attorney for Jonathan Waters estimated this "name-clearing hearing" is called for because the university violated due process rights Waters was guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. He estimated the proceeding would take two days.

Waters was dismissed July 24 after a two-month investigation concluded he knew about but didn't stop a "sexualized culture" of rituals within the band that included students marching partially-clad, playing groping games on buses and bestowing sometimes sexually explicit nicknames.

David Axelrod, Waters' attorney, wrote that the investigation report is "replete with false, defamatory and stigmatizing statements."

A university spokesman had no immediate comment.

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