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Columbia University Sued by Male Student in ‘Carry That Weight’ Rape Case

Last fall, Columbia University senior Emma Sulkowicz began carrying a mattress around campus — a protest, she said, of how the school handled her sexual assault complaint against a fellow student. She didn’t name her alleged assailant, but as Sulkowicz’s story and the image of her mattress went viral, his identity soon became obvious. By the end of term, Paul Nungesser had been denounced on fliers and at rallies and former friends crossed the street to avoid talking to him. Now Nungesser is suing his school, its board of trustees, its president and one of its professors, saying that Columbia failed to protect him from a “harassment campaign” by Sulkowicz even after a school disciplinary panel cleared him of responsibility in the case.