Harvard Law Prof Lessig Sues NYT For 'Clickbait Defamation'

Law360 (January 13, 2020, 10:13 PM EST) -- Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig launched what he called a "clickbait defamation" action against The New York Times on Monday in Massachusetts federal court, claiming an article in the newspaper falsely implied he defended the notion of taking charitable donations from Jeffrey Epstein.

Lessig is suing the Times, reporter Nellie Bowles, editor Ellen Pollock and executive editor Dean Baquet over a Sept. 14 article that focused on Lessig's opinion on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's history of accepting money from Epstein, a wealthy financier and convicted sex offender who killed himself in prison last year while facing further sex trafficking...

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