“#NYU film school lecturer accuses acclaimed professor of flashing her”
June 20, 2020 | 5:44pm | Updated June 20, 2020 | 5:45pm
Lynn Boyarsky, 66, says she was subjected to a torrent of abuse by her late Tisch School Of The Arts colleague Arnold Baskin — who even exposed himself in a West Village restaurant — shortly after she landed an adjunct-teaching position there in 2013, according to Manhattan Supreme Court papers.
The harassment also included lewd comments and forcible touching and kissing, the lawsuit against NYU, filed in December, alleges.
Baskin, an acclaimed film prof who died at the age of 83, three months before the legal action, “began bullying … [and] using crude and demeaning, gender-laden language towards her — such as, ‘big mouth, big rack’ or the ‘tiny Jew’ with the ‘big tits’ — in front of faculty,” the suit reads.
“Before long, he engaged in unwanted touching … and kissing her on the lips without her consent. ”
Boyarsky, who spent 35 years in Hollywood before going to NYU to teach screenwriting, says Baskin frequently warned that he could use his influence with the school to deny her a full-time teaching position. When Boyarsky reported Baskin’s behavior to the college, administrators conducted a “sham investigation,” which ultimately chalked up Baskin’s alleged behavior as “collegial banter” and blamed her for the abuse, she claims.
Boyarsky also accused top faculty within NYU’s storied film & television department — including professor David Irving and department chair Ezra Sacks — of “quietly sanction[ing] Baskin’s acts of sexual discrimination and harassment.”
Boyarsky and her attorneys declined to comment. Reps for NYU did not immediately respond to request for comment.
“NYU takes claims of sexual misconduct very seriously. Indeed, in Ms. Boyarsky’s case, the University promptly and thoroughly investigated her claims. NYU disputes her claims of unresponsiveness and retaliation, and expects the ultimate outcome of the case will reflect NYU’s position,” NYU Spokesman John Beckman told The Post.
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