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Columbia ‘Mattress Girl’ saga continues as another allegation is toast

Columbia ‘Mattress Girl’ saga continues as another allegation is toast

Rape culture hardest hit

Yesterday, we wrote about Emma Sulkowicz, aka Mattress Girl, the Columbia University student who carried her mattress around to protest rape. For the whole backstory, see here.

Sulkowicz never pressed charges and the university dismissed the case against the alleged offender. By carrying her mattress around, Sulkowicz made national headlines and also earned credit for her performance art.

Over the past few months, Sulkowicz’s version of events have been challenged by Nungesser’s accounting. Nungesser shared his side of the story and provided screen shots of text and Facebook messages to corroborate his recollection of the contentious tale. Following months of defamation due to Sulkowicz’s claims, Nungesser recently filed suit against Columbia University in an effort to clear his name.

Columbia made an exception to the rules that usually prohibit large objects at commencement ceremonies. The exception allowed Sulkowicz to carry her mattress across the stage.

Sulkowicz and her mattress graduated yesterday.

But today, there’s a new twist in the sordid mattress-wielding misadventure.

Cathy Young, the same reporter who brought us Nungesser’s side of the story at The Daily Beast, has another interesting revelation.

In Nungesser’s original account, three seemingly falsified claims of sexual misconduct were dismissed by the university. It seems yet another such allegation against Nungesser was dismissed in late April.

Young writes at Reason:

Now, I have learned that after a hearing in late April, Nungesser was found “not responsible” in this latest case—altogether, the fourth time he has been cleared of a sexual assault charge at Columbia. When Sulkowicz first went public a year ago, the fact that her alleged attacker was still on campus and had never been subjected to any formal sanctions despite being accused of sexual assault by three different women helped fuel the outrage. Yet the latest investigation strongly supports Nungesser’s claim, made in media interviews and in his lawsuit, that the multiple complaints were not independent of each other and may have been part of a vendetta stemming from the original charge by Sulkowicz.

Several days after Young’s article in The Daily Beast, Jezebel wrote an article that as young explains, “contained a new revelation meant to bolster the claim that Nungesser was a serial sexual predator: the existence of a hitherto unknown male victim, identified by the pseudonym “Adam.””

“Adam’s” claims, much like those of his previous accusers, were not apparent in any form of electronic communication. When such communications were produced, Nungesser’s version of the story was once again substantiated.

Adam, who also graduates this week, told Jezebel that “he was close friends with Paul during his freshman year in 2011” and that “one fall night, in the midst of an emotional conversation in Paul’s dorm room…Paul pushed him onto his bed and sexually assaulted him.” He claimed that after much self-doubt and internal struggle, he finally reported this incident, first to a student society to which both he and Nungesser belonged and then in a formal complaint to the university in the fall of 2014. Adam rather melodramatically lamented that my Daily Beast piece “invalidates and completely erases [his] experience.” It should be noted that, as accuser and accused in a sexual misconduct case, both Adam and Nungesser had presumably received the usual instructions from the university to “make all reasonable efforts to maintain the confidentiality/privacy of the involved parties.”

About three weeks prior to graduation, the hearing panel made its decision. It found for Nungesser. As is now the norm in campus sexual misconduct proceedings, the charge was considered under the “preponderance of the evidence” standard. Thus, Adam could not meet the very complainant-friendly burden of showing that it was even slightly more likely than not that the offense was committed. Since there was no appeal, the case is over, and as far as Nungesser’s formal record at Columbia is concerned he is entirely in the clear.

Nungesser declined to be interviewed for this story, due to concerns that statements to the media might affect his lawsuit. However, through a source close to the case, I was able to review several documents related to Adam’s complaint—including, crucially, the report prepared by a two-person Title IX investigative team.

The gist of the complaint was that in November 2011, Adam, who lived in the same dorm as Nungesser and was part of the same social circle, went to Nungesser’s room to tell him he was upset about being “caught in the middle” of relationship drama between Nungesser and his then-girlfriend. (This girlfriend later became one of Nungesser’s accusers, known in several media accounts under the pseudonym “Natalie”; she claimed that Nungesser had psychologically and sexually abused her throughout their relationship. The case was eventually closed after she stopped cooperating.)

According to Adam, during this conversation Nungesser asked him to sit on the bed, rubbed his shoulder and back, then “gently” pushed him down and proceeded to stroke his leg and finally massage his crotch “for approximately 2-3 minutes” while Adam froze in shock. He was finally able to muster the will to get up and leave.

Adam told investigators that he spoke to Nungesser’s girlfriend about this; however, he didn’t seem to remember when, or what her reaction was. At one point, he said that he “assumed” he had told her immediately afterward, and “it wasn’t until months later that I realized that I had not and she was unaware.” He also claimed that he avoided Nungesser after the alleged assault, and that Nungesser eventually texted him and then messaged him on Facebook; according to him, Nungesser was upset with him for telling Natalie about their sexual contact, but also suggested that they get together for coffee.

Nungesser’s story was quite different. He said that he confided in Adam about his and Natalie’s relationship troubles, that there was no sexual contact of any kind, and that later on he was dismayed to learn that Adam had recounted their conversation to Natalie.

The Facebook exchange, which Adam himself eventually found and turned over to the investigators, did not exactly help his story. Far from showing avoidance of Nungesser, it showed Adam seeking him out, complaining that “our friendship has been negatively affected” by Nungesser’s relationship problems and that “we’re less close/you’re preferring it that way.” It also showed Nungesser saying, “It was obviously pretty hard for me when I found out that you shared my entire conversation that I had with you with [Natalie], because I had assumed that it was confidential.”

The investigators’ report noted numerous contradictions in Adam’s account, as well as its drastic discrepancy with the Facebook record. Nungesser’s account, on the other hand, was not only consistent but matched by corroborative evidence. Adam’s credibility was further sunk by his rather fanciful complaints of “retaliation” by Nungesser in a class they shared. These “deliberately aggressive acts” consisted of sitting too close to Adam or to his friends, which left Adam “distraught and traumatized,” and complimenting some points Adam had made in a class discussion (which “felt like he was claiming a collective sense of power”). I am happy to report that, even on the trauma-happy modern campus, such claims of harassment are still recognized as, in the words of the report, “hyperbolic and illogical.”

In the end, the investigators concluded that Adam was “unreliable” and that his story simply did not add up, and recommended that Nungesser be found “not responsible.”

The story continues. Because Young has done some incredible work on this story and I do not wish to condense it, would suggest curious parties read her latest in its entirety here.

Suffice it to say, those who desire most to prove that campus rape is an epidemic continue to, themselves, be discredited.

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Update (WAJ):

Statement from family of Columbia student accused by mattress girl

The family of Paul Nungesser, the student who was accused of rape by mattress-toting Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz, have released a statement about their son’s graduation, calling their experience with the university “deeply humiliating.”

“Our son’s graduation should have been a joyous moment for our whole family. We are extremely proud of Paul for graduating, even more so because of the harassment campaign he was subjected to. For over two years, he had to fight false accusations and a public witch-hunt, even though Columbia and the NYPD exonerated him,” Karin Nungesser and Andreas Probosch wrote in a statement provided to the Washington Examiner…..

“Our son’s graduation should have been a joyous moment for our whole family. We are extremely proud of Paul for graduating, even more so because of the harassment campaign he was subjected to. For over two years, he had to fight false accusations and a public witch-hunt, even though Columbia and the NYPD exonerated him.

“At graduation, Columbia University again broke its own rules and afforded Emma Sulkowicz a special exception. It was the second devastating experience in just a few days: Last week, Columbia exhibited Emma Sulkowicz’s highly disturbing and extremely graphic drawings of our son publicly on campus.

“We have come to realize that at Columbia, not all are equal before its policy. What is the point of internal investigations if their outcome is not accepted? ….


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“Suffice it to say, those who desire most to prove that campus rape is an epidemic continue to themselves, be discredited.”

I think you mean “continue to, themselves, be discredited.”

(I am not King Koma, actually, and I’ve made an appalling number of typos of late. I am a burst typer in posting mode, and it’s sometimes ugly.)

    MouseTheLuckyDog in reply to Ragspierre. | May 20, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Careful, or you will windup being fired,then moving back to your hometown and buying a bowling alley. There you will give out legal aide on the side while woeing an ex crush.

How do these fabulists look at themselves in the mirror? Their parents must be so proud.

Poor little Adam sounds like the quintessential girly man. I hope the big bad man did not frighten him.

Adam sweetie — don’t sign up for Navy Seal Training honey.

THOSE little over-educated daughters of American waywardness look so earnest dragging the mattress around campus. Asian, Eastern European, Latin. Celt or Nordic features – the smile remains the same; “Look at our trophy! Aren’t we the true daughters of Mt. Olympus?!”

Such achievement! Every mother and father who has a daughter that graduates with this spectral should be proud. Your progeny has decided to self-identify as a fool, fit only to rake leaves out of the storm gutters of life.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to C. Lashown. | May 21, 2015 at 2:26 am

    Emma is as plain as slab of concrete. It’s probable that this is the last time in her life that she will receive this level of attention.

    Of course, she could surprise us and go full-on felony slasher murder and make headlines again. She’d better kill a cop, though, and fast, if she wants enough ink to get another invitation to obola’s SOU address.

    If she goes on to graduate school, will she drag a box spring along with the mattress?

Again, we have the name of the slandered victim — propagating the slander even further — but no name of the slanderer.

Time to end the double standard.

Either the proceedings are secret or they are public.

The good news is that Emma has some job interviews coming up next week:
MONDAY – Simmons
TUESDAY – Posture Pedic
FRIDAY – none scheduled

I suspect that waiving the rules to allow Lyin’ Anal Emma to tote her mattress at commencement will be used in the lawsuit to show lack of contrition on the part of the University.

Hope Nungesser wins a good chunk of Columbia’s endowment. That might make other schools take notice.

    Gremlin1974 in reply to Estragon. | May 20, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    They will settle and I would bet the will settle the day after this crazy chicks graduation is finalized.

      Elliott in reply to Gremlin1974. | May 21, 2015 at 5:55 am

      Time to settle and get rid of her. Cut their losses and learn from the mistake of enabling a narcissist. Columbia can give Nungesser the money to go after her and her posse which Columbia can’t do. In some ways it may work out better since it will bypass the stupid federal privacy laws that Sulkowicz is incapable of abiding by. I have no clue what a fair number would be for Nungesser and his attorney in NYC. 12-14 million?

        Juba Doobai! in reply to Elliott. | May 21, 2015 at 12:34 pm

        It’s Nungesser’s good name, his reputation. Where does he go to get his reputation back? Hot Columbia for $150 million. Hit the Sulkowicz family for $12-$14 million. Hit Emma’s lying friend’s for $5 million per. Hit the young ladies who helped her tote the mattress across the at graduation for $1 million each. Make them pay so they will learn to think about truth, lies, and the destruction of reputations for the sake of vengeance.

Dear Progressives: You broke it, you bought it.

This is what you wanted. Hope you’re happy.

I tend to think a woman dragging a mattress around is simply advertising.

This whole story is sad. But at the end of the day, it will be Nungesser who will have a hard time even getting a job interview let alone a decent job; while those who fabricated complaints will face zero consequences for their bad acts.

    Miles in reply to markinct. | May 20, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Oh, while it’s possible that Nungesser might have some job problems, I think it’s more likely that Mattress Girl will be the one with either the lifetime career of Barrista or a low level gig on some SJW’s staff.

    Any half-way intelligent head of a major corporation’s HR department would determine that Miss Special Sparkle Pony would be more trouble than she’ll ever be worth.

      Sanddog in reply to Miles. | May 20, 2015 at 11:07 pm

      How stupid would a man have to be to hire that silly twit? By the time shes 40, she’ll have accused half the men in America of rape.

      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Miles. | May 21, 2015 at 2:00 am

      She will become a lawyer.

      Julian in reply to Miles. | May 21, 2015 at 7:04 am

      She will find some progressive to hire her. He will probably go back to Germany where no one will care. Then again Germany is probably more left than here, so he may have problems. The left never gives the other sides story.

      clintack in reply to Miles. | May 21, 2015 at 8:28 am

      She’ll have a six-figure salary at a feminist NGO or interest group by the end of the summer.

      She’s demonstrated significant outside-the-box thinking and the ability to capture “new media” in the twitter/instagram age of viral marketing. VP of public relations for NOW or EMILY’s list or any of a hundred other groups. Easy hire.

      It’s sick, but true.

    MouseTheLuckyDog in reply to markinct. | May 20, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    IIRC he has an engineering degree. Not much of a problem. Hers is probably in arts or something like that.

    Can’t say that for sure. Would you hire this lunatic, knowing she might show up for work dragging a mattress with YOUR name on it?

Any employer that knowingly hires one of these false complaint filers is begging for a later sexual harassment lawsuit.

“Because these bitches be crazy”

The bell tolls for the sexual revolution. It ends not with an orgasm but with an anguished cry… and tens of millions of planned [wholly innocent] human lives aborted in the nation’s abortion industry.

Meanwhile, women left the kitchen and reached their potential as taxable assets, Democrat props, womb banks, and mattress evangelicals.

You’ve come a long way, baby.

Char Char Binks | May 20, 2015 at 11:27 pm

We should respect all cultures, including rape culture.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to Char Char Binks. | May 21, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Haha! I pulled that one on some Libs in my class, in relation to child servitude. Nobody had a good answer cuz all cultures are valid.

Gremlin1974 | May 20, 2015 at 11:38 pm

I want to give Mr. Nungesser some advice that was given to me by my Mother who is not at all prone to opening talking about her kids sex lives, but told all of us. “Never sleep with anyone crazier or needier than you are.”

Carol Herman | May 21, 2015 at 1:03 am

Nunsegger is suing the school! He’ll get loads of endowment money! Both were at graduation, by the way. And, two staff members tried to get her to put the mattress down BEFORE she walked up on the stage. The college president turned on her and bent away. So she didn’t get the customary handshake.

There are now huge posters all over Columbia; and streets in the environment, of sulkowitz carrying her mattress. She is labeled “LIAR” girl. Both her parents are psychiatrists; so it’s no wonder she’s a bit twisted.

She also collected a “fine arts” degree from Columbia. Which has the value of a roll of toilet paper.

MouseTheLuckyDog | May 21, 2015 at 1:49 am

Too bad Nunsegger was not an athlete. They can away with anything except deflating balls.

    clintack in reply to MouseTheLuckyDog. | May 21, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Just wait. I’m predicting that next season will be the year fakerape and the NFL collide spectacularly.

    Someone’s going to accuse a star NFL player of rape shortly before an important game, on little to no evidence, and get the player suspended while the league investigates.

Her parents must be so proud. $200,000 invested in her education, and she carries a mattress to graduation to showcase her lies about her sex life.

This is one sick girl.

Okay, so she’s nuts. But does she have to be such a slob? I mean, come on — change that damn sheet every once in a while.

Again, the prediction: she will soon be acting in porn films.

There was at least one male helping Sulkowicz carry the mattress at graduation–was that Adam?

I can’t believe Columbia University would allow a lying accuser of rape carry a mattress across their graduation stage, in full view of the hoax victim and his family, at the same time a lawsuit is pending against it.

Can an institution of higher learning be that stupid?

Res Ipsa Loquitur.

As long as the Feminazis rule the college campi, this will be a normal state of affairs. I am not saying that college campus rapes do not occur — they do, but not as often as the Feminazis would like people to believe.

I’ll bet that most of these cases listed in the story are rejection oriented and the rejectee uses the rape complaint as a way of getting back at the rejector. This kind of thing happens out in the real world too.

Could there be a better symbol for the feminist movement? Here you have a woman who carries her feminist baggage on her back for all to see and to the applause of her supporters while everyone else sees the absurdity. As I said, a perfect symbol.

Empress Trudy | May 21, 2015 at 9:51 am

At what point can Sulkowitz be criminally prosecuted for harassment, stalking, incitement to violence?

FrankNatoli | May 21, 2015 at 11:12 am

One young woman who is a liar. Big deal. But the better part of an entire university? The administration of the university? A United States Senator [not mentioned in this article, but Kirsten Gillibrand is a BIG TIME lying woman supporter]?

I am a weekly Mass attending Catholic. I have faith in something or someone I cannot quite put my finger on. For everything else in my life, I insist upon documented facts and reasoned proofs. But these people, see above, have blind faith in EVERYTHING they live by, whether it’s lying woman, man-made climate change, you name it.

And they vote.

Henry Hawkins | May 21, 2015 at 11:12 am

She’ll get a job as a stage prop for sme liberal organization or another, and she’ll be let go once her propagandic value is expired.