A McGill University professor has filed a $600,000 lawsuit against a student and a fellow professor for what he calls a “ruthless campaign” that destroyed his reputation and his right to privacy.
In a court filing obtained by CBC News, Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim, an assistant professor in the Institute for Islamic Studies, says the allegations have made him a “pariah” in his academic field, ruining his job prospects at McGill and other universities in North America.
Ibrahim, who specializes in Islamic law, says he engaged in a consensual relationship with a McGill student between the spring of 2014 and April 2015.
He says after the relationship ended, rumours about his alleged behaviour spread. Nearly a year later, the lawsuit claims Ibrahim became aware that students were organizing so he would not get tenure.
The lawsuit alleges student Sarah Abdelshamy and assistant professor Pasha Khan, who also works at the Institute of Islamic Studies, had a “vendetta” against him, and were behind a “smear campaign” to have him fired.
Ibrahim is suing Abdelshamy and Khan for defamation.
“He is now considered a sexual abuser, a harasser, a rapist and a shady individual when, in fact, all he ever did was have a consensual relationship with a student,” the lawsuit says.-CBC
What Social Media Has to Say:
U had sex with him, u find out later he has a girlfriend is not RAPE !!
Cuz he stopped picking ur call after sex is still not RAPE. !!
Don't call someone out cuz he hurt u, call him out if he actually raped u.
Stop defamation of character
Stop RAPE !!
— Babatunde 😎 (@zidalama) July 4, 2018
The @ACLU should sue Trump for defamation on behalf of the American people. His tweets are not part of his job responsibilities and are damaging all of us.
RT if you agree.
— MidniteMadness (@tberggirl) July 8, 2018
Israeli jews attacking Jews because they don’t want to serve their murderous military
But is this not Anti-Semitism?
Yo ADL – Anti-Defamation League say something ? pic.twitter.com/Hz7Z11hYXF
— india support for free Palestine!🇦🇪🇦🇪🇦🇪 (@Imtiyazmakrani4) July 8, 2018
All these white supremacists blealting on about freedom of speech .I don't see them supporting Maori women being sued for defamation for calling out Bob Jones on his racist vitriol
— Uriohau (@uriohau) July 8, 2018
Human rights lawyer Eric Paulsen was awarded RM100,000 in damages today after the Court of Appeal allowed his defamation appeal against a Muslim activist on claims that he is an “instigator”. https://t.co/WGakkWPV3D
— Lawyers for Liberty (@lawyers4liberty) July 5, 2018
I expect the following:
A swift and direct rebuttal by the Minister of finance about the NYSC certificate controversy;
A copy of her certificate to prove the allegations false;
A legal action against the newspaper for defamation of character & fake news.
That is, IF they lied
— Juliet 'Kego (@julietkego) July 7, 2018
Spreading rumours about someone is a form of defamation & bullying. Sure, rumours sound convincing, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re true.
Huwag makichika sa buhay ng iba lalo na kung ‘di kayo close. Have a little respect. xx
— Atty. 👩🏻⚖️ (@patriciacapaoan) July 6, 2018
Lawyers for CTV News say the network did nothing wrong in reporting allegations of sexual misconduct against the former leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative party. #onpoli https://t.co/vWtDaNMREk
— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) July 8, 2018
here’s how yg stays on top: manipulation, mediaplay, defamation, targeted harassment, corruption and more. here’s your favorite company
— red moon🌙na goeun’s promoter (@wheejeon) July 4, 2018
Please STOP spreading false rumors ❌ This is obviously defamation and can negatively impact Baekhyun's name. Please be patient as they're all trying to fix whatever problem they're having right now. This brand is important to Baekhyun so please mind your attitude ❗❗❗
— esd 📌 체리수백씽블라썸 (@exlavisho) July 7, 2018
I’m just thinking if the government can actually mandate the “developer” of curious cat to reveal the people behind hate messages that might fall to grave threats, “unjust vexation” , defamation or other unprotected speeches by constitution. Not to mention obscene messages. 🤔
— Nabila Mohamad (@maamnabs) July 8, 2018
With this whole IP address, I know revealing private info was wrong but it does not change the fact that ICs have the right to report that acct for defamation. ALL stiWE WANTED WAS FOR HER TO TAKE DOWN THAT POST but she is so proud of what she did and does not feel sorry at all!
— 💃🏻💃🏻 EVERYD4Y WICHU WICHU💃🏻💃🏻 (@_vun21_) July 7, 2018
— Independent.ie (@Independent_ie) July 7, 2018
What legal action can one take against someone for harassment/slander& defamation of character done over the internet?
— Saroni Sumac (@SaroniSumac) July 8, 2018
There really should be criminal liable for for defamation and slander.
— RationalPoet (@Brianrrs37) July 8, 2018
I hope you have money saved to pay for the defamation suit. You would think one in your position would do research prior to printing such misinformed garbage.
— JP Rutigliano (@jprutigliano) July 8, 2018
Do you have any evidence that Warren "took a spot from a true minority by lying" because the head of the hiring committee, Charles Fried, said that is false. #defamation #libel #slander #characterassassination, #vilification #MAPoli pic.twitter.com/qo0ZY6jZOk
— Chris Lynch (@TeaPartyUSA1) July 8, 2018
He's a troll account
Check out his page & twitter feed
Months of literally nothing but attacking Elon Musk & Tesla & fighting anyone who disagrees
Seriously, not 1 tweet about anything else
Just report the account. It's entire purpose is harassment & defamation
— Catherine Pikus (@Cat_MarqueeLV) July 8, 2018
The Media’s Conspiracy of Silence on Defamation and Libel | https://t.co/djiFcH8B4S
— Steven Hudson (@itsstevenhudson) July 8, 2018
— Erin Gallagher (@3r1nG) July 8, 2018
These political ploys of accusations need to stop. Its all fun and games until defamation of character suits are launched. They are bringing up stuff from 1995 and before, and the guy is dead??? https://t.co/vJ2AWAuiRW
— Randy Purham (@RPURHAM) July 8, 2018
defamation & racial discrimination laws can be a difficult route. perhaps best is call people out publicly & make a complaint to @AusPressCouncil & I urge everyone to call out @sundaynighton7 @Channel7 @theheraldsun @damonheraldsun if need be @Kon__K @ASRC1 #auspol https://t.co/cKfNFhRex6
— Michael Short (@shortmsgs) July 8, 2018
For those asking, Adani companies have filed six defamation cases against The Wire and its employees, three civil (adding to Rs 300 cr) and three criminal.
— Siddharth (@svaradarajan) July 8, 2018
Take them and the abc journalist to the cleaners – legal action for defamation needs to happen! Totally false and in time when our guys are battling as to what happened just irresponsible from our govt owned @abcgrandstand
— Steve Dunn (@Dunman7) July 8, 2018
— Dr. L.D. Burnett (@LDBurnett) July 7, 2018
@metoo Should be supportive of court actions / defamation suits that weed out false claims. False accusers need to be held accountable. “McGill University professor sues colleague, former student for $600,000”, via @mtlgazette https://t.co/JxSTapzR4d
— Marion Bialek (@LoveThePlateau) July 6, 2018