According to Jonathan Stempel
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Prominent professor at Harvard Law School sued the New York Times on Monday, claiming he was engaged in “slander clearance” by making a false recommendation to him once accepting donations from the sex offender. Jeffrey Epstein lives.
Lawrence Lessig said that the Times published an article entitled "Professor Harvard says: If you take Epstein's money, Make it in Secret" the month of September last with reckless indifference to his truth.
He also said that he had refused to change the headline and change the first paragraph after saying to the paper that they had falsely suggested that it cost to request donations from Epstein.
A spokesperson for the Times said: "Senior editors reviewed the matter after a complaint was made by Professor Lessig and they were satisfied that the position had been reflected accurately. We intend to vigorously defend the claim."
The Times article was published six days after Lessig wrote a Medium essay supporting his friend Joichi Ito, who retired as a director of the Media Lab in Massachusetts Institute of Technology after accepting donations from Epstein.
Lessig had written that it was a mistake to seek the donations, but it was also wrong that Ito would be "scapegoated."
The Times article began: "It is difficult to seek donations from convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. But Lawrence Lessig, professor of Harvard Law, wants."
Lessig convinced the Irish Times that he was taking a click, "using a headline and / or promising to attract readers to click on a particular section," despite being "fully aware" that the practice harm your reputation goals.
Lessig's complaint in Boston federal court tries unspecified damages from the Times, executive editor Dean Baquet, business editor Ellen Pollock and reporter Nellie Bowles.
Epstein pleaded guilty to a federal charge which he made mention of dozens of underage girls, before the dead cashier found his jail cell last August 10.
An autopsy discovered that Epstein himself was hanged. Epstein pleaded guilty to Florida state fees less in 2008.
The complaint calls on Lessig "professor and law scholar to be seen in social media nationally," and his Harvard biography gives attention to New York asking him "the most important thinker of intellectual property in the Internet era."
It is not clear the "public figure" is Lessig which must show that the Times acted with the actual dissatisfaction and publication of his article.
Lessig said in an email, if the Times knew before and after the publication of “falsity” his article, as he alleged, "there is no reason that the information should be affected by their obligations."
The Lessig case is v New York Times Co et al, District Court U., District of Massachusetts, No. 20-10060.
(Reporting to Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing Noeleen Walder and Tom Brown)