Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig on Monday dropped his federal defamation lawsuit and public battle with The New York Times, 11 days after the Times made changes to a 2019 story that Lessig argued had falsely portrayed him as trying to defend the practice of MIT accepting money donations from convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
“Professor Lessig is voluntarily dismissing this action, without prejudice, in light of the defendants’ decision to correct the offending publication [article] at issue, making it clear that Professor Lessig never defended MIT for taking, or advocated other institutions of higher learning to take, money from Jeffrey Epstein, even if anonymously,” said Lessig’s one-paragraph “Notice of Voluntary Withdrawal Without Prejudice,” filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts by his attorney, Howard Cooper, a Todd & Weld partner in Boston.
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