(William A. Jacobson, Legal Insurrection) On “Meet the Press” last Sunday, Elizabeth Warren recounted an incident from her early professor days about a senior professor who allegedly sexually harassed her by lunging after her and chasing her around the desk in his office.
The NY Daily News reported on Warren’s story:
Warren recalled a former colleague early in her career asking her into his office and making a move for her. She remembered him “chasing me around the desk, trying to get his hands on me.” Despite her pleas, he kept coming for her, so she made a quick escape for the door.
“I went back to my office and I just sat and shook,” Warren said, “And thought, ‘What had I done to bring this on?’”.
Warren didn’t tell anyone about it except her best friend and that “for a long time, I wore a lot of brown.”
Here’s the transcript from the “Meet the Press” website:
SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN:
Yes, I have a “me, too” story too. I was a baby law professor and so excited to have my first real teaching job. And there was this senior faculty member who, you know, would tell dirty jokes and make comments about my appearance.
And one day he asked me if I would stop by his office, which I didn’t think much about. And I did. And he slammed the door and lunged for me. It was like a bad cartoon. He’s chasing me around the desk, trying to get his hands on me…
Because of my extensive dealings reporting on Warren’s false claim to be Native American and misleading statements regarding her law practice representing major corporations, I viewed Warren’s statement with caution. She is the master of taking a kernel of truth (such as that there was some family talk of Native American heritage) and spinning it into a larger life narrative (that she was Native American)….
Jules Crittendon at The Boston Herald, which broke the story in late April 2012 of Warren’s claim to be Native American at Harvard, reports, Liz Warren’s ‘MeToo’ flip-flopped old tale:
The Boston Globe reported last night that Warren recounted the same incident in a “more light-hearted manner” at a memorial service after the professor’s death in 1997 — an account the Globe noted was “inconsistent” with her story on Sunday.
“During the service after his death in 1997, Warren spoke fondly of law professor Eugene Smith and told the gathered mourners she was laughing as Smith chased her around his desk, according to a colleague’s memoir,” the Globe reported….