Fired Ohio State band director seeks PR advice

In this Sept. 7, 2013 photo, Ohio State University marching band director Jon Waters leads the band in "Carmen Ohio" following a NCAA football game against San Diego State at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. OSU on Thursday, July 24, 2014 fired Waters amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Adam Cairns)
In this Sept. 7, 2013 photo, Ohio State University marching band director Jon Waters leads the band in "Carmen Ohio" following a NCAA football game against San Diego State at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. OSU on Thursday, July 24, 2014 fired Waters amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Adam Cairns)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers for Ohio State’s fired marching band director are soldiering on with his federal lawsuit against the university despite financial woes that may soon sink the effort.

In a filing Friday, attorneys for Jonathan Waters asked a judge to reject a magistrate’s order that blocked his access to communications between the university and its public relations consultants. The attorneys argue the documents are public and may support Waters’ assertion that Ohio State had gender-related motives in terminating him in July 2014.

The request came days after Waters’ lawyers sought to withdraw from the case, saying Waters can’t meet his financial obligations. A hearing on the request is scheduled Tuesday.

Waters was fired after an internal university investigation determined he ignored a “sexualized culture” inside the celebrated band. Waters denies wrongdoing.

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