Columbia University Settled Lawsuit With Man Who Allegedly Raped Emma Sulkowicz

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 04:20:11 AM. Paul Nungesser claimed the university supported an 'outrageous display of harassment and defamation.'
Columbia University has settled a lawsuit with former student Paul Nungesser.  In 2015, Nungesser filed a lawsuit against Columbia, claiming that the university supported an “outrageous display of harassment and defamation” after fellow student Emma Sulkowicz held protests around campus where people openly called him a rapist. The suit was dismissed twice before Columbia and Nungesser reached a settlement on July 13.   In 2012, Sulkowicz accused Nungesser of raping her in her dorm room on the first day of her sophomore year. The university investigated Nungesser in December 2013, but did not find him responsible for any misconduct. University police declined to pursue charges against Nungesser. Three other students also accused Nungesser of assault during his time at Columbia.  In a now-iconic protest, Sulkowicz carried her mattress around campus as part of her senior thesis project titled “Mattress Performance” or “Carry That Weight” in 2014. She majored in Visual Arts while at Columbia.  “Rape can happen anywhere,” Sulkowicz said at the time. “For me, I was raped in my own dorm bed. Since then, it has basically become fraught for me, and I feel like I’ve carried the weight of what happened there with me everywhere since then.” Dozens of protests took place in solidarity with Sulkowicz and other survivors of sexual violence at Columbia. Nungesser’s name became public after flyers with a “list of rapists” were hung around Columbia’s campus.  Although Columbia did not disclose...Read more
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