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Med student accused of sexual harassment sues the University of Pittsburgh


By Carrie Bradon | Oct 6, 2019


PITTSBURGH — A man is suing the University of Pittsburgh, alleging that he was discriminated against due to a false sexual harassment claim.

John Doe filed a complaint on Sept. 14 in the Western District Court against University of Pittsburgh of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education. According to the complaint, the plaintiff is seeking damages for an incident that took place in the summer of 2016 when the plaintiff and Jane Roe began to have friendly interactions. 

The two were physically affectionate but had not had intercourse and by the end of the summer Roe discovered that the plaintiff was married but that his wife had not moved with him to Pittsburgh, where he was enrolled in a summer medical school program. Doe's wife moved to Pittsburgh at the end of July 2016 and the plaintiff was unaware at this time that Roe thought she was in a relationship with Doe. 

In August 2016, Roe attempted to perform oral sex on the plaintiff and the plaintiff asked her to stop. Roe continued to make sexual advances in hopes of changing the plaintiff's mind about being in a relationship with her. The plaintiff continued reject Roe's advances. 

Roe apologized to the plaintiff and the two resumed their friendship, which did not involve intercourse. The two did have sexual intercourse a couple of weeks later and, during this, the plaintiff's wife came home and saw the two in a compromising situation. 

The plaintiff's wife was able to identify Roe through Facebook and the two women communicated via Facebook. Roe never alleged to the plaintiff's wife that she had been sexually harassed or raped by the plaintiff. 

On July 10, 2018, two years after the incident, Doe received a letter from the university that he was being investigated as a result of allegations of misconduct that Roe had filed against him. Doe believes that he was mistreated by the university due to Roe's unfounded allegations about him.

The university is accused of gender discrimination and breach of contract. 

The plaintiff is seeking trial by jury, all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Lanre Kukoyi of Kukoyi Law Firm LLC in Carnegie.

The Western District Court Case number 2:19-CV-01180

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