Jim Jordan Hit With 'Jerkoff-Gate' Hours Before Joining Impeachment Panel

Update: Despite 'masturgate' - Jordan was appointed to the House Intelligence Committee on Friday.

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Days before his anticipated appointment to the House's leading  impeachment panel, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) has been hit with a new allegation that he ignored a 1994 complaint claiming that an Ohio State University sports doctor jerked off in a shower in front of a referee, according to NBC News.

The curiously timed allegation is contained in a lawsuit filed Thursday by 43 accusers who claim Ohio State's "ingrained culture of institutional indifference" enabled their sexual abuse. The doctor, Richard Strauss, is accused of "drugging and raping athletes" as he preyed on underage athletes. He died in 2005 and was later found to have sexually abused 177 male students over two decades.

According to the lawsuit, Jordan and then-head coach Russ Hellickson replied: "Yeah, that's Strauss," in what was essentially a shrug.

The referee, known in the lawsuit as John Doe 42, is the second person to say he told Jordan about being approached or molested by Strauss.

On Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported that House Republican leaders are considering adding Jordan to the House Intelligence Committee days before public hearings are set to begin.

Jordan would complement ranking minority member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), and has been an outspoken critic of the impeachment process.