Professor who was fired for allegedly masturbating…

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A professor from Catholic Fordham University in New York is suing the educational institution to challenge his dismissal. Howard Robinson (68) is said to have satisfied himself during a Zoom conversation with a student. Nonsense, he responds, and to prove it he comes up with strikingly intimate details.

Source: the Telegraph

It was student Andrea Morin who captured the scene on video. The footage shows Professor Howard Robinson masturbating on Sept. 10, 2020. Morin describes in court documents that she saw her teacher “from the waist down, and observed him for a minute and a half, as he jerked, took a deep breath and ‘oh f**k yeah ‘ said,” quotes the New York Post.

Breakout room

The scene happened when students were sent to so-called ‘breakout rooms’, or virtual rooms. Student Morin had turned off her camera herself, because she was ill. She filmed what she saw with her cell phone and made a report the same day. A week earlier, the professor would have emailed her asking “how was it going” and saying that he was “thinking about her”.

The allegation of masturbation is “virtually impossible,” Robinson said. Erectile dysfunction and low testosterone mean that he can “barely get an erection or masturbate”.

Place

What can be seen in the video is not masturbation, but delaying urination. Robinson – who claims to have an enlarged prostate and other medical problems – was finishing a final email to send out a PowerPoint and wanted to suppress the urge.

He “grinned and shifted his weight in his chair as he rushed to send the email to his class before he could free himself,” his lawyer wrote.

The professor was fired on the spot and was not allowed to explain what had happened, he says in court documents. The university has not yet responded.

Own lawsuit

Morin did not pass Robinson’s course, so that she – despite a good average of 7.04 – lost her student grant and was unable to obtain her diploma on time, the student claims in her own lawsuit that she has filed against the school. The delay also means she will miss out on promotion at her current job, her lawyers say.