Harvard Law Prof Sues NYT Over Epstein Story, But Legal Experts Say Suit Probably Won’t Hold Up in Court

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Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig is suing the New York Times for defamation, he announced in a Medium post published this morning.

More specifically, Lessig is taking issue with the headline and the first two sentences of a story published in September and written by Nellie Bowles, a tech and culture reporter for the Times. “It is hard to defend soliciting donations from the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. But Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law professor, has been trying,” Bowles wrote in the lead paragraph of her article, which was headlined “A Harvard Professor Doubles Down: If You Take Epstein’s Money, Do It in Secret.”

The article featured a somewhat combative interview with Lessig,
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