Transcript for Ohio State University Fires Band Leader
We turn to that scandal surround Ohio state's marching band. He has been fired over claims of a culture conducive to sexual harassment. ABC's Paula Faris on the story. ? Reporter: This morning, the self-proclaimed best damn band in the land is marching to a controversial beat. Ohio state university's band director, John waters, fired Thursday. An internal investigation revealing allegations of bad behavior among band members and staff. ? and a sexualized culture. One that waters allegedly failed to stop or address its effects. Very serious cultural issues and an environment conducive to sexual harassment in the band. Reporter: The allegations even more jaw-dropping than their famous formations. Among them an annual tradition of members marching in their underwear, some even naked under the supervision of marching band staff including waters. Students being addressed by sexually explicit nicknames and rookie members even performing sexually charged skits. The investigation launched two months ago after one parent raised concerns that the band was, quote, sexualized claiming the members were made to swear secrecy oaths about objectionable traditions and customs. This morning, while the university works to find a replacement, the game may not be over for waters who once appeared on "Gma" as a marching band expert. They work tirelessly. Reporter: His attorney telling ABC news he'll fight for his good name. Now, the marching band is moving forward without waters who had been on the job less than two years. Tonight, they plan to perform with the Columbus symphony and what's often considered the band's unofficial season kickoff but waters claiming much of this environment existed long before he took the job. He was on the band, right? Yes, he was. Well, thanks.
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