19 more women accuse Northwestern professor of sexual misconduct

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CHICAGO — Nineteen additional women have come forward to accuse a Northwestern University professor of harassment and predatory behavior.

In an open letter last month, 10 women accused journalism professor Alec Klein of misconduct including unwanted kisses, graphic sexual commentary, and belittling and retaliatory behavior.

The same 10 women on Thursday released a second letter after 19 additional women — all Northwestern alumni, students and staff — reached out with their own harassment stories. One woman said she skipped her graduation ceremony so as not to see Klein. Another claimed Klein told her she wasn’t attractive enough for a broadcast journalism career.

Klein previously denied all allegations. He announced a leave of absence last month.

On Thursday, his attorney, Andrew Miltenberg, slammed the latest round of accusations, noting that Klein “has never been the subject of any allegations of mistreatment or misconduct during a career that has spanned some 30 years.”

Miltenberg called the #metoo movement “undoubtedly important” but said it has allowed people to become “judge, jury and executioner.” He continued: “Shame on these individuals for publicly trying to destroy Prof. Klein’s life and that of his family, and denying him the due process that is a fundamental principle of this country.”

A university spokesperson said an investigation is ongoing.

Read the latest letter below:

Medill #MeToo Letter: March 15, 2018 by WGN Web Desk on Scribd

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