Protesters Demand Professor's Termination For Saying 'Accusers Sometimes Lie'

A group of students are demanding USC fire a professor who accidentally replied-to-all on an email.

Los Angeles, CA – A group of students have demanded a professor be fired after he replied-to-all on a campus invitation and expressed the belief that “accusers sometimes lie.”

University of Southern California (USC) Professor James Moore has taught at the school since 1988.

The Daily Trojan reported that the professor was responding to an invitation to a campus event when he inadvertently sent the email to the entire Price School of Public Policy.

“If the day comes you are accused of some crime or tort of which you are not guilty, and you find your peers automatically believing your accuser, I expect you find yourself a stronger proponent of due process protections than you are now,” Moore wrote on Oct. 4, according to the Daily Trojan. “Accusers sometimes lie.”

USC students Joelle Montier and Audrey Mechling put together a rally of about 30 students demanding Moore be fired on Monday.

“To be clear, I take no joy in standing here and sharing my most painful memory with the world, but I refuse to stand by and let another human being go through what I went through,” Montier told the assembled students. “Rapists must be held accountable for their actions. Rape enablers, like Professor Moore, must be held accountable for their actions.”

Mechling said that Moore’s email “broke her” and that “instead of blaming myself, instead of staying quiet, instead of internalizing my rage,” she came to the rally and “let it all out.” She called Moore “a pitiful excuse of a professor."

The students marched to Lewis Hall to present the dean with their protest signs, according to the Daily Trojan.

Price School of Public Policy Dean Jack Knott has called Moore’s email “insensitive and incendiary.”

They were stopped in their tracks by USC Department of Public Safety Chief John Thomas, who refused to allow the protesters to disrupt classes inside the building.

Instead, Knott went outside and met with the group, and promised the administration would improve education on sexual assault and implicit bias, the Daily Trojan reported.

“Thank you for making this a very important issue, highlighting this and taking the time,” Knott said. “I’ve had literally hundreds of emails from all of kinds of people telling their stories and I want to hear those stories. I take this all very seriously.”

Moore said he watched the rally and that it appeared well organized. However, he told the Daily Trojan that the protester's demands to have him fired were not well thought out.

“The whole point of a university is that it’s a place for points of view and discourse and if they happen to disagree the way to respond is to engage rather than terminate the source of the information that you disagree with,” Moore told the Daily Trojan.

“My primary objective was protecting the interests of folks who might be falsely accused of misconduct,” the professor said. “My goal was protecting students, not traumatizing or bullying them.”

Not all students were angry with Moore, and many pointed out the hypocrisy in the women’s demands for the professor’s termination on social media.

“You are making it harder to be proud of my school. YOU allowed women to be sexually assaulted. YOU are now placating crybabies who can't handle a professor speaking the truth. Sometimes accusers lie. That's a fact,” USC grad student Aaron Rubin tweeted.

@USCProf. Moore did nothing wrong. You have created an environment where many students are so fragile that any ideas they disagree with damage their fragile psyches. They couldn't handle @benshapiro, and they can't handle this. They can't handle facts. This is on you,” Rubin wrote, referring to students who protested Daily Wire editor Ben Shapiro’s speech on the campus Oct. 4, claiming the additional police necessary to deal with protesters was dangerous to minorities on the campus.

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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

It's true! Accusers do sometimes lie, as the story about the allegations of rape by Bellevue police officers just proved!

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

I guess innocent until proven guilty doesn't apply to accusers. People LIE ! Watch the news, its everywhere and they are not held accountable for destroying someones life and that has to stop. They need jail time, law suits and public shaming. They have NO problem public shaming someone who did NOTHING wrong.

JBo
JBo

Ahhhhh. The stupidity of today's college students is remarkable. If it's spoken..it must be true! If it's on the internet...gotta be true! If it's an interpretation of a cloud in the sky...it's true!

Katarina
Katarina

These little twits are unable to use critical thinking, logic or reason. #metoo must be some sort of hysteria to think that every accuser is telling the truth.

tbuckland316
tbuckland316

FORD LIED......WHAT PUNISHMENT WILL SHE GET FOR DESTROYING AN INNOCENT MANS REPUTATION?????WHAT HAPPENS TO HER????

LindaLow
LindaLow

The #MeToo movement and insisting that we believe every Accuser is beyond STUPID. People LIE and they do it without hesitation: I don't like him, he said my butt looked big, he wouldn't call me, I want my 15 minutes of fame so they Accuse them of one of the worst things possible. They are making a Mockery of all those that have been Sexually Assaulted, setting Victims back decades. The only good that has come from this is that some of the Fraudulent Accusers are being prosecuted.

Katarina
Katarina

@tbuckland316 It is possible Ford was very confused and/or drunk. She admitted to drinking (at 15 years of age), couldn't remember where she was, how she got there, or got home, how many people were there, etc. She may have even been assaulted by someone at one of those kinds of parties she attended. She could say it was mistaken identity, since she didn't remember much else, and not intentional. With the $2 Million her Go Fund Me accounts raised, she could certainly afford to defend herself. But her story was so vague I would think it would be difficult to prove her lies. . It would sure be honorable of her if she used that money to pay back the American Taxpayers who paid for the investigation, since her lawyers represented her pro bono. We should all be so fortunate to find pro bono representation! Wonder how it happened?

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Terminated because he said something obvious.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Just had this discussion with a family member. They believed Ford and were beyond upset Kavanaugh is now a Supreme Court justice. When I pointed out several cases I was personally involved in where the woman lied, I was cut off and they are no longer talking to me. Well, excuse me for having an opinion.

walkintall
walkintall

Here's a great idea--Let's have the Millennial college students around the country re-define what might constitute proof and corroboration, then have them draw their own collective conclusions. The inmates, it seems, are taking control of the asylum.

Sailor
Sailor

People lie... even about having been sexually assaulted. The MeToo movement is delusional if they profess that we believe every accuser. Hope the professor weathers this false rage and slandering and keeps his job provided he really wants to stay.

RPG156
RPG156

Accusers do lie. But then again, on a contemporary college campus, truth is no longer a defense to termination. If you offend someone, which is almost impossible not to do, then your life is now fodder for those that are offended by everything and getting someone attacked or fired is now a sport.

RPG156
RPG156

Sad, but not surprising. We are a nation unallowed to have an opinion that doesn't subscribe to the evolving liberal mantra.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

70 false accusations of rape:

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Since when does stating FACTS!!! Get you fired?? We already knew, and this proves that Demonrats/Liberals can't stand truth or facts because everything is about "muah feelngs"!!

magnumforc
magnumforc

God forbid you tell the facts in the ultra liberal state of California. The snowflakes want you to believe only what they think. Cops are bad until you need them, then blame them for not being on your doorstep in seconds. Sol Price who funded this college would turn over in his grave if he knew what a bunch of sniveling wusses it is educating...or rather providing an extended free interlude to maybe getting a job in the real world.

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

It's California. It is to be expected. People and businesses are leaving there in droves. It was close to bankrupt a few years ago and will be again.

Yell2017
Yell2017

I am a victim advocate and he is correct. Victims do lie at times. We cannot fire people because someone disagrees with your beliefs or feelings. If you don’t like he expresses take a different class. A person should not loose their job because of their opinion. Check lawsuits and you will find out that some people do lie just to hurt others. There are documented cases of where girls or woman accused someone of rape then later recanted their statement because they were scared of their parents. So yes, people due lie.

JanetC
JanetC

That school needs a lot of toilet paper for administration to help those poor students. That kind of action is horrible and one day karma will bite them.

DrJAG
DrJAG

Duh! Any prosecutor will tell you that accusers "sometimes" lie. To say otherwise is dishonest.