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,