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Berkeley Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment Can Totally Explain

Totally reasonable
Totally reasonable

University of California, Berkeley astronomy professor Geoff Marcy was forced to resign in October after allegations of sexual assault were made by a number of his students. Now, documents obtained by the San Jose Mercury News prove that Marcy can totally explain all that.

The claim: Marcy attempted to grind with one of his students on a dance floor.

Marcy’s explanation: “I don’t dance,” Marcy told the University of California investigator, according to the Mercury News. “I had no idea what she was doing. I was standing in the corner like a high school kid at a dance by myself.”

The claim: Marcy discussed one of his past sexual relationships with a student.

Marcy’s explanation:  “I might have been offering a touchstone in my life to share, based on what the undergraduate was sharing,” Marcy said.

The claim: Marcy gave a former student an unsolicited neck massage.

Marcy’s explanation: “It’s possible that my hand touched her neck and stayed there for a few moments in a gesture of solidarity and support,” clarifies Marcy.

I don’t know about you guys but these seem pretty believable to me.

Professor Accused of Harassment Can Explain, OK?