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Northwestern Student Sues Prof Laura Kipnis Over ‘Unwanted Advances’ Book

A Northwestern University graduate student is suing a professor at the campus for defamation, the latest twist in a long-running controversy that already has involved discrimination and sexual harassment investigations, multiple lawsuits and the exit of a prominent philosophy professor.

The student identified only in court papers as “Jane Doe” alleges professor Laura Kipnis and HarperCollins Publishers invaded her privacy and defamed her by printing false and intimate details about those investigations and her life in Kipnis’ new book, “Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus.”