A Northwestern University professor accused of sexually assaulting a student filed a defamation lawsuit against the woman on Tuesday, marking the latest development in the ongoing legal saga.
In his four-count lawsuit filed in Cook County (Illinois) Circuit Court, philosophy professor Peter Ludlow alleges defamation, false light invasion of privacy, intentional interference with employment contract and intentional interference with prospective employment, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Ludlow’s suit seeks more than $120,000 in damages.
The lawsuit stems from the student’s claim that Ludlow made inappropriate advances and sexually assaulted her in February 2012. After an internal investigation that wrapped that year, the university concluded that Ludlow made “unwelcome and inappropriate sexual advances” toward the woman, according to The Daily Northwestern.