Ohio State University never contacted Courtney Smith about abuse allegations, lawyer says

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The lawyer for Courtney Smith, Zach Smith’s ex-wife, says the university never reached out to her after she alleged abuse against the former Buckeye wide receiver coach.

According to Courtney Smith’s lawyer, Julia Leveridge, Courtney was never contacted by Ohio State University to discuss allegations of abuse by her ex-husband Zach Smith.

Leveridge also states that Courtney Smith received no compensation for any interviews she’s given, nor has she ever been charged with OVI or other criminal offenses. 

“As her attorney, I can tell you that Ms. Smith is cautiously optimistic that The Ohio State University’s investigative committee will determine if proper reporting protocol was followed upon learning of the ongoing, abuse allegations against Zach Smith,” Leveridge says in a statement. 

During an interview last Friday, Zach Smith said many people in the athletic department knew about his history with his ex-wife. He described how he found out about the 2015 domestic abuse allegations when he received a call from Athletic Director Gene Smith saying he needed to come home from a recruiting trip. He said Powell Police alerted the university.

Stadium’s full interview is available at www.watchstadium.com.

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