MOVING TO FRONT FROM EARLIER TODAY--UPDATED AGAIN
MOVING TO FRONT FROM MAY 20, 2016--UPDATED
(Thanks to various readers who sent this along. I was teaching my last class of the quarter this afternoon, so have not read it yet, but wanted to share it. I may have additional comments once I digest its content.)
ADDENDUM: From the story:
“It breaks my heart to have to say it,” said Christia Mercer, a former colleague from the Columbia philosophy department, “but it’s clear that Thomas uses his reputation as a supporter of justice to prey unjustly on those who trust and admire him, who then — once victimized — are too intimidated by his reputation and power to tell their stories.”
This is also my reaction.
ANOTHER: A bit more information via the Yale student newspaper.
MAY 22 UPDATE: Professor Pogge responds to the allegations. Given his denials, he ought to bring a libel action, at least against the author of the fundraising site which accused him of rape and attempted rape. Since I agree with Professor Pogge that cyberspace is a poor forum for adjudicating these matters, this would also provide a formal setting for adjudicating these very serious, and, if false, defamatory, allegations. It may be that the statute of limitations has expired on the defamatory per se allegations, but if so, then one wonders why no legal remedy was sought in a timely way. (I can imagine reasons, but libel per se, where there is no need to prove damages, is the strongest kind of defamation claim.)
MORE: Huffington Post has written its own piece about this case.
MAY 22 AGAIN: More from Buzzfeed, regarding Professor Pogge's response. An excerpt:
In his statement, Pogge claimed Lopez Aguilar’s assertions had already been disproven: “One version of her allegations was thoroughly investigated in quasi-judicial proceedings by a Yale committee of five faculty members and one Federal judge, who found her charges of sexual harassment to be not credible.”
The panel’s actual finding was that there was “insufficient evidence” with which “to corroborate either Ms. Lopez’s or Mr. Pogge’s differing accounts.”
Pogge also pointed to “enthusiastic emails,” which were included in the BuzzFeed News investigation, that Lopez Aguilar wrote him after the Chile trip.
Pogge derided the claim that he had “attacked” Lopez Aguilar during her senior year. That appears to be a reference to language from a public fundraising plea written by a friend of Lopez Aguilar’s. Lopez Aguilar herself did not allege inappropriate physical contact until after graduation.