COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Cleveland-area massage therapist disputes an Ohio State report that she used a massage “scheme” to prey upon Ohio State football players and engage five of them in sexual activities.
“I’m saying the report that I targeted these men for my own sexual gratification couldn’t be further from the truth,” Robyn Bassani said in a phone interview with cleveland.com on Thursday afternoon, less than an hour after Ohio State released a 15-page report on consensual sexual activity that transpired between Bassani and players over the last three years.
“(The report) said I was targeting them under the guise of a legitimate massage practice. I work with professional athletes. I worked, not with the university itself, but individual players. I never, ever once approached any of these individuals about sex,” Bassani said. “Did I have a sexual relationship with two of them? Yes. I never approached them for sex. Ever.
“If we entered a sexual relationship, which I had with two of them, it was always initiated by them. I would never initiate due to the fact that I was working with them in a professional setting. Once we crossed that line, we never worked in a professional setting again.”
Bassani, 41, was not named in the report, but several bits of information provided in the report made her readily identifiable with minimal internet research.
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