A Cleveland masseuse denies allegations she targeted five Ohio State football players for sex, according to a recent interview.
Robyn Bassani, 41, denied that she was seeking “her own sexual gratification,” as a report prepared by the university alleged.
“Most of the players that I worked with, the vast majority, I didn’t have to reach out to,” she said in a Friday radio interview on Cleveland’s FM WMMS. “They reached out to me via a referral program I was running. As far as the university saying I was targeting these young men, to me it feels like their way of staying in charge of the situation and making me the villain so they could keep their hands clean.”
Bassani’s alleged sexual therapy sessions came to light after a complaint was made against her by the Medical Board of Ohio in March 2020. The complaint alleged she would lure the players with free massages which became sexual and demanded payment afterward.
After 12 years as a massage therapist, Bassani said she surrendered her license as part of the investigation last year. The university’s investigation, conducted by an outside law firm, included interviews with 117 former and current players, 44 coaches and staff members and Bassani herself, according to the report obtained by USA Today.