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OU investigating allegations of sexual harassment

The Associated Press - June 8, 2018 11:21 am

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma says it is investigating reports that some allegations of sexual harassment against a former professor were not vetted after dozens spoke out in an open letter encouraging others to come forward.

The university said Thursday in a statement to The Associated Press it “acknowledges and deeply regrets the unacceptable situation” in which the letter’s authors found themselves.

About 30 people signed a statement Wednesday accusing John Scamehorn of inappropriate behavior while he had access to drama school events as a university donor. The 64-year-old has denied the accusations.

The letter contains the names of predominantly female accusers who were or still are university students. The accusations first surfaced online after Scamehorn promoted his short science-fiction film that depicts a future where women are hunted down and killed for resisting a male-dominated society.

 

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