Attorney representing ex-wife of former Ohio State assistant issues statement regarding investigation
The investigation at Ohio State is underway, and the university announced on Sunday night that it expects it to be completed on 14 days.
On Monday, the attorney representing Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith who allegedly abused her in 2015, issued a statement to college football reporter Brett McMurphy. Smith claims she informed those involved with the Buckeyes, including Urban Meyer and his wife, Shelley, at the time of the incidents.
“Courtney Smith is currently involved in two legal matters, criminal trespass involving her ex-husband Zach Smith, and a domestic violence civil protection order she has obtained to ensure her ongoing safety,” said Smith’s attorney, Julia Leveridge, to McMurphy. “Ms. Smith will have no further comments until these matters have been resolved. Her focus remains on caring for her two small children and continuing her nursing studies.
“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. We believe the University must prioritize the safety and well-being of others above all else. While The Ohio State University has never contacted Ms. Smith to discuss these allegations, she will fully cooperate with the university’s current investigation.”
The attorney for Courtney Smith, ex-wife of former Ohio State WR coach Zach Smith, told me Monday her client wants to fully cooperate w/school’s investigation of Urban Meyer. She said no one w/the university ever spoke w/her regarding the 2015 incidents https://t.co/fcxi8GKyeI
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 6, 2018
Leveridge also wanted to “set the record straight” about “misinformation that has been circulating” to McMurphy.
Leveridge told McMurphy that Smith has not received compensation for any interview she has granted to reporters, has made concerted efforts to press charges of domestic abuse against her ex-husband and has never been charged with an OVI or any other criminal offense.
Smith’s husband has denied abusing his ex-wife, while Meyer has denied knowing about the incidents that allegedly occurred three years ago.
With the investigation at Ohio State just getting started in the last 24 hours, there will surely be more information and reports over the next two weeks.