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Devi Shastri reports Former UW-Oshkosh student reaches $325,000 settlement in sex harassment case:
The University of Wisconsin System reached a $325,000 settlement with a former student who says UW-Oshkosh violated her rights and acted “with deliberate indifference” to the sexual harassment she faced from one of her professors.
The former student, A.R. in court documents, sued in October, claiming the university violated her Title IX rights when it failed to take action against former art professor Michael Beitz.
Though Beitz and A.R.’s relationship began as consensual in 2012, issues arose when the student began trying to distance herself one year later.
She told the court and, years earlier, university investigators that Beitz began sexually and emotionally abusing her, coercing sex and pushing her to take the morning after pill, and vandalizing one of her art pieces and harassing her.
UW System spokesman Mark Pitsch told the Journal Sentinel that the resolution is “in the best interest of taxpayers and the university.”
A.R.’s Monona-based attorney, Mary Kennelly, did not respond to multiple requests for an interview. According to court documents, a separate settlement with Beitz is in progress.
(Note well: although an injured party may settle a case, no monetary settlement can compensate adequately for injures endured. The law relies on monetary settlements as an imperfect remedy for wrongs beyond a perfect human redress.)
Kevin Poulsen reports Trump’s New Favorite Channel Employs Kremlin-Paid Journalist:
If the stories broadcast by the Trump-endorsed One America News Network sometimes look like outtakes from a Kremlin trolling operation, there may be a reason. One of the on-air reporters at the 24-hour network is a Russian national on the payroll of the Kremlin’s official propaganda outlet, Sputnik.
Kristian Brunovich Rouz, originally from the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, has been living in San Diego, where OAN is based, since August 2017, reporting on U.S. politics for the 24-hour news channel. For all of that time, he’s been simultaneously writing for Sputnik, a Kremlin-owned news wire that played a role in Russia’s 2016 election-interference operation, according to an assessment by the U.S. intelligence community.
Rouz’s on-air reports for OAN include a wholly fabricated 2017 segment claiming Hillary Clinton is secretly bankrolling antifa through her political action committee. Clinton, Rouz claimed falsely, gave antifa protesters $800,000 that “went toward things like bricks, hammers, bats, and chains.”
Other smears target billionaire financier George Soros, a longtime Kremlin bête noire. In one segment, Rouz amplified a thoroughly debunked claim that Soros collaborated with the Nazis during World War II, when the Jewish philanthropist was 14 years old. Another Rouz story accused Soros of secretly funding migrant caravans.