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Heleen Mees and Willem BuiterHeleen Mees and Willem Buiter (Reuters/Fantake)

A woman suing for defamation in the Netherlands has been given a chance at discovery in New York in her quest to prove that a banking executive had her wrongly arrested for stalking him.

Dutch economist and former New York University professor Heleen Mees alleges she had a romantic relationship with Citigroup’s chief economist, Willem Buiter, and that Buiter trumped up allegations that she sent him over 3,000 threatening or sexually explicit emails. Allegedly included among the emails was the wish that Buiter’s “plane falls out of the sky” and pictures of dead birds.

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