World-famous lesbian NYU professor suspended after probe finds they are sexually abused, gay-male student, report says

Avital Ronell, 66, was found to have sexually harassed a gay male student.


A world-famous New York University professor was reportedly suspended for the coming school year later, she was found to have sexually harassed a gay male student.

Avital Ronell, 66, a lesbian, was found to have made unwanted sexual advances and sent sexually charged e-mails to Nimrod Reitman, 34, according to a Title IX report obtained by The New York Times Monday. Ronell, an expert in German and comparative literature, had denied the claims against her.

Reitman, who is married to a man, accused of Ronell and kissed him, and touching him repeatedly and sending him e-mails in which she called him, “Sweet cuddly Baby”, “my most beloved one,” and “my amazing and beautiful Nimrod,” among other names.

“Our communication — that Reitman now claims constituted sexual harassment were between two adults, a gay man and a lesbian woman, who is an Israeli heritage, as well as a penchant for flowery and campy communication arising from our shared academic backgrounds and sensibilities,” she said in a statement to The New York Times.

Reitman filed the Title IX complaint two years after graduating from NYU. He brought allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, and retaliation, but the university cleared her for each violation, except sexual harassment, The Times reported. Reitman claimed Ronell would retaliate against him if he does not succumb to her alleged sexual pressure.

A group of scholars came out in defense of Ronell soon after the university made its decision to suspend her.

“Although we do not have access to the confidential file, we have already worked for many years in the vicinity of the Professor Ronell,” the scholars are written and posted on a philosophy blog. “We have all seen her relationship with students, and some of us know that the person that has conducted to this malicious campaign against her.”

Reitman, who is now a visiting Harvard fellow, said he never intended to be a public figure

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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