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University of Pennsylvania sued for racism against black man accused of rape

Edited his accuser’s statement to make him seem ‘more sinister’

The University of Pennsylvania believes the stereotype of “the young African American male as aggressor” – and found a black male student responsible for sexual assault as a result.

So says a new $600,000 lawsuit against the Ivy League school that also alleges it violated Title IX by discriminating against the accused male in its sexual-assault investigation, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The lawsuit by the “John Doe” plaintiff asks a federal judge to “halt ongoing disciplinary proceedings” against him, which amount to a “sham investigation” of rape claims by a white female student:

“The stakes here are high and the damage is irreparable,” Doe’s lawyer, Patricia M. Hamill, wrote in the suit, filed Friday. “The internal university ‘investigation’ . . . was so tainted by ineptitude, preconception and bias that it violated John’s contractual and legal right to a fair disciplinary process.”

Penn hit back in a Monday court filing that says the black student’s case hasn’t even proceeded to a hearing yet, “yet alone a final decision,” and yet the accused student “already wants a ‘do over.'”

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That’s not quite true: The Inquirer says a Penn investigative report recommended Doe’s expulsion, saying his accuser could not consent to sex because she had been drinking. Doe says she was not “intoxicated,” let alone “incapacitated”:

“She was fully awake the whole time and was an active participant,” Hamill wrote. “Afterward, she stayed with John, talked and cuddled with him, asked him to set an alarm so that she could get to work in the morning, and then went to sleep with him in his bed.”

Among Doe’s claims: The school didn’t tell him the specific allegations against him before the investigative report was released, and the investigator “changed language” in the accuser’s statement “to make Doe’s actions appear more sinister than she had described them.”

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