Five former Ohio State University wrestlers have asked Ohio Inspector General Randall Meyer to investigate allegations that Abigail Wexner “helped Jeffrey Epstein sexually assault a young woman named Maria Farmer.”
In a Feb. 7 letter obtained by The Columbus Jewish News, the wrestlers said they turned to Meyer for help “primarily because of Abigail Wexner’s status as vice chair of the board of trustees at OSU.
“Given these public allegations against Mrs. Wexner, it is extremely difficult for us to comprehend why OSU maintains its relationship with Abigail Wexner and her family,” the letter stated.
A spokesman for The Ohio State University told the CJN Feb. 11 that "because the letter is not addressed to us, we are not going to comment at this time."
Wexner and her husband, Leslie, are donors to OSU, and on Jan. 15, Abigail Wexner joined the university’s presidential selection subcommittee to find a replacement for outgoing President Michael V. Drake.
According to a Feb. 10 NBC News report, Maria Farmer, Epstein’s first known victim, filed a complaint in New York City federal court alleging that in 1996, she was “violently sexually assaulted” by Epstein, the late financier and convicted sex offender, at a guest house in New Albany “owned and secured” by Wexner and her husband, Leslie.
NBC reported among the athletes who signed the letter is Dunyasha M. Yetts, one of the 350 former OSU students who have filed 17 lawsuits against the university alleging school officials and team coaches knew Dr. Richard Strauss was sexually abusing them but failed to stop him.
In the letter to Meyer, the wrestlers said, “Ohio State has shown that, without maximum public pressure, it will turn a blind eye to sexual predators."
“It ignored the reports of Richard Strauss’s abuse and it is now looking the other way on Jeffrey Epstein and Abigail Wexner,” the letter stated.
Strauss died by suicide in 2005.
As stated in the letter, the athletes' appeal to Meyer comes two months after they asked Ohio Attorney General David Yost and U.S. Attorney David DeVillers on Dec. 5 to investigate Farmer’s allegations.
The athletes said in the letter that Yost "claimed he could not get involved unless the local county prosecutor asked for assistance," and DeVillers "has not responded at all" to their request.
Leslie H. Wexner is the founder of L Brands, which owns the Victoria’s Secret, PINK and Bath & Body Works retail stores. On Jan. 29, The Wall Street Journal reported that Wexner, 82, may be stepping down as CEO and is considering a full or partial sale of Victoria’s Secret.
In a Feb. 1 investigative piece in The New York Times, Leslie Wexner and Ed Razek, the company’s former chief marketing officer, have been accused of presiding over a corporate culture of misogyny, bullying and harassment. The Times reported several employees were harassed by Razek and faced retaliation when reporting the incidents.
On Feb. 10, when the CJN contacted L Brands headquarters in Columbus about the potential sale of Victoria’s Secret to private equity firm Sycamore Partners, an L Brands spokesperson said the company “would not comment on such rumors.”
In February 2017, Sycamore Partners acquired The Limited, L Brands’ first retail store chain, and other intellectual property assets out of bankruptcy.