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.