Police release thousands of documents in Zach and Courtney Smith domestic violence case
POWELL, Ohio - Less than a week after Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer announced his retirement, Powell police released thousands of pages of documents in the Zach and Courtney Smith domestic violence case. Ohio State suspended Meyer for the first three games of the 2018 season for the way he handled the abuse allegations.
Meyer’s name is mentioned in the records released Monday by Powell police through a court order. “Urban I feel like will do anything to protect his guys. He doesn’t want anything to get out and look bad for his program," Courtney Smith said in a police interview from October 2015, describing domestic abuse allegations in 2009 in Gainesville, Florida.
“He came home at 4 o’clock in the morning with some girl all over him and I had to take her back, and came back and I was crying and I was like how could you do this to me. He picked me up and threw me across the hall and I called 911 and he got arrested and he went to jail," Courtney Smith said.
She said ever since that moment she had been terrified to call police. “I ended up dropping the charges because Urban had the team attorney come talk to me and convince me that it was going to go to the media and he would lose everything if I didn’t drop the charges," she claimed.
In talking about her relationship, she told Powell police Zach Smith is a sociopath, womanizer, and sex addict, saying she found images of naked girls and him masturbating at the office.
“I have texts where he’s cheated on me with multiple people had led basically a double life people are coming forward I have texts where he’s threatening all of our lives," Courtney Smith said. One text message stood out to police. It reads in part: “I will kill that b**** and everyone involved. For ruining my life.”
Courtney and Zach Smith got married in 2008 and have two children.
In one cell phone video, a crying child is heard while asking about something being broken, with a woman and man yelling at each other. Powell police Courtney Smith get a protection order. “I’m sorry this happened to you let us make sure it doesn’t from now on,” said the officer.
Ohio State fired Zach Smith over the summer after charges surfaced that he violated a protection order. Smith pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct back in October. Smith says he and Courtney agreed to a mutual protection order to stay away from each other for three years.