New York (AFP) 02/09/2022 14:06
Sexual harassment rocks Harvard University
- Anthropology professor uses his website to harass trainee researchers
- The professor threatens the students to undermine their marches if they complain
- Harvard University “one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world”
The complaint, in the civil right filed with Boston Federal Court, accuses anthropology professor John Komarov, 77, of “abusing his power and important position for years at Harvard University to exploit female trainees.”
“He was kissing and touching female students without their consent and threatening to undermine their marches if they complained,” said the complaint, filed by Margaret Chervinsky, Lilia Kilburn and Amolia Mandava.
In the past five years, three women have repeatedly reported such actions to the university administration, but Harvard treated them with “willful indifference,” according to the lawsuit.
The complaint refers to an “abuse of power” and targets Harvard University, “one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world,” and its president. The complainants demand financial compensation, the value of which has not been disclosed.
Although the complainants accuse Harvard of ignoring the complaints for too long, complaint Judicial notes that “a Harvard panel that studied the atmosphere in the Department of Anthropology has just concluded that the atmosphere
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that he began revealing these actions a year ago in the university newspaper. The professor was suspended and an internal investigation concluded that he had committed verbal harassment.
He is not supposed to perform teaching duties next year, the newspaper added, adding that the university did not accuse him of sexual harassment or sexual abuse.
Lawyers for the university professor told the newspaper in a statement that their client “categorically denied” what was attributed to him.