George Clooney is set to take on the Ohio State University sex abuse scandal based around serial sexual abuser Richard Strauss, a doctor who worked from the university for two decades.
Straus is alleged to have committed more than 1,400 sexual assaults during his tenure at Ohio State, including committing rape at least 47 times.
A majority of the sexual abuse was involving members of the Buckeyes wrestling team, with reports that several team officials knew about the alleged misconduct — including Congressman Jim Jordan, who was an assistant wrestling coach at the time.
From TMZ Sports:
OSU commissioned an independent investigation to look into the allegations in 2018 — which concluded Strauss committed at least 47 rapes and 1,429 sexual assaults on mostly male victims. A large number of victims were members of the OSU wrestling team.
Several athletes reported unnecessary genital and rectal probes under the guise of a typical medical examination — it’s all very similar to the allegations against ex-Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
Strauss died in 2005 by suicide. He left a note, but it did not reference the allegations against him.
Jordan denies any knowledge of the allegations.
As for when and where the documentary will land, a timetable for its production and release has not been reported at this time and there is no news on whether Clooney has landed a deal with any streaming service or platform.