UC-Berkeley School of Law Dean Sujit Choudhry will take an "indefinite" leave of absence in the wake of allegations, largely substantiated by a campus investigation, that he sexually harassed his executive assistant, the university announced Wednesday.
Choudhry also will step down to his faculty position and salary for an unknown period of time, according to a statement released by Claude Steele, UC-Berkeley's executive vice chancellor and provost.
Tyann Sorrell sued Choudhry and University of California regents in Alameda County Superior Court Tuesday, alleging that the dean hugged, touched and kissed her and that law school administrators failed to intervene when she complained. In the suit, Sorrell said the unwanted contact began shortly before Choudhry was named dean in July 2014 and continued on a nearly daily basis until she took paid administrative leave from the school in March 2015. Sorrell is seeking general, special and punitive damages.
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