Yale alumna says university won’t accept groping complaint against English professor


NEW HAVEN — A Yale University alumna who alleges she was groped by a university professor in the 1980s said the university refuses to accept a formal complaint detailing the allegations.

Writer and Daily Clout CEO Naomi Wolf first detailed the allegations against Yale University Sterling Professor of the Humanities and English Harold Bloom in a magazine article published in 2004.

On Tuesday, Wolf visited the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct office on Whitney Avenue to hand-deliver a complaint to request a formal investigation. She live-tweeted portions of her visit on Tuesday.

As of Thursday, Wolf said her complaint has still not been received. Wolf said she has been attempting to have the university accept and investigated her complaint since 2015.

Wolf alleges Bloom groped her thighs while she was a student at Yale in 1983. Wolf was Bloom’s student; she alleges the incident happened while Bloom was reviewing her academic work at her student apartment. Wolf’s complaint includes a new allegation involving an October 2017 incident she believes is related to her allegations against Bloom. According to her documents, Wolfe said she felt threatened when she was followed by a man and later filed a report with New York police.

Bloom has denied ever being “indoors” with Wolf, according to an interview with Time magazine. A call left to Bloom’s listed phone number and an email Thursday were not immediately returned.

Wolf said she wants the complaint investigated for students’ safety.

“That’s the only reason to have it investigated. Nothing is going to undo Dr. Bloom’s past actions toward me,” Wolf said Thursday.

Wolf, who lives in New York, said she was planning on staying inside the building until her complaint was received by the university. She was escorted out of the building by Yale University police without incident Tuesday evening before the building’s scheduled closing hours.

Yale University spokesman Tom Conroy issued a statement Tuesday that due to confidentially, the university would neither confirm nor deny the existence of such cases.

“Yale is committed to preventing and addressing sexual misconduct, and it takes all such allegations seriously and strives to treat all complainants with respect and concern,” Conroy said in the statement. “Yale is also committed to protecting confidentiality and preserving the integrity of its process for adjudicating cases of sexual misconduct.”


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