As many readers of this blog and probably most in the archaeology community know, I have reported extensively on misconduct allegations concerning University of California, Santa Barbara archaeologist Danielle Kurin. Kurin was found guilty in a UCSB Title IX in 2016 of retaliating against students who filed sexual harassment complaints against her partner, Enmanuel Gomez Choque; was found by the Institute for Field Research to have behaved inappropriately after Gomez sexually assaulted students at her field school in Peru in 2018, and which investigated complaints that year; and her misconduct has indirectly led to upheavals in IFR (see two reports on this) and, most recently, at UCLA.
This lawsuit cannot stand scrutiny by any First Amendment test.
Most importantly, while this lawsuit may seem at first glance to be an attack on a reporter, it is really an attack on the many victims and survivors of Kurin's misconduct and of her disregard for the safety of the young archaeologists who have had the misfortune of being associated with her and her field school. In fact, my investigation of Kurin and Gomez began precisely because students and colleagues in archaeology and anthropology, worried that Kurin was coming back to the UC Santa Barbara after a three year administrative leave following her 2016 Title IX, and were aghast that the university had not terminated her. They asked me to help, and so I helped.
The truth will out.
Update June 18: Many thanks for the more than 7000 page views of this post in the last 24 hours. I am preparing a response (more like a commentary) to the many lies in Kurin's defamation complaint, which are nevertheless revealing in many ways. That will come in a new post but I will link to it here.
COMPLAINT FOR DEFAMATION AND RELATED TORTS
JURISDICTION AND VENUE
COUNT III - INTERFERENCE WITH CONTRACT AND PROSPECTIVE ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE
PRAYER FOR RELIEF