© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Film producer Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer Ronald Sullivan Jr. waits to speak to the media following a hearing at New York Supreme court in the Manhattan borough of New York City

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A Harvard law professor who joined the legal group defending Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein against sexual assault charges will not be permitted to continue as dean of a residential residence on campus, a university official stated on Saturday.

The Ivy League university’s move to finish the part of law professor Ronald Sullivan Jr and law college lecturer Stephanie Robinson, Sullivan’s wife, at Winthrop Home follows protests more than his representation of Weinstein.

Sullivan and Robinson in 2009 became the initial African-American faculty deans in Harvard history when they took their positions at Winthrop Home, 1 of various undergraduate residences at the Cambridge, Massachusetts, university.

Their terms as faculty deans have been scheduled to finish on June 30. Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana stated in a statement that he had decided not to hold them in their roles at Winthrop Home beyond that date.

“More than the final couple of weeks, students and employees have continued to communicate issues about the climate in Winthrop Home to the college,” Khurana stated.

“The issues expressed have been severe and a lot of. The actions that have been taken to strengthen the climate have been ineffective, and the noticeable lack of faculty dean presence throughout important moments has additional deteriorated the climate in the residence,” Khurana stated.

Khurana has previously stated Sullivan’s selection to join Weinstein’s legal group was a matter of academic freedom and that everybody is entitled to a vigorous legal defense.

Sullivan and Robinson continue to hold their positions at Harvard Law College.

Sullivan and Robinson stated in a joint statement that they have been “shocked and dismayed” by the selection.

“We believed the discussions we have been obtaining with higher level university representatives have been progressing in a constructive manner, but Harvard unilaterally ended these talks,” they stated.

In January, a judge authorized Weinstein’s request to have Sullivan join his legal group.

Prosecutors in New York accuse Weinstein, 67, of forcibly performing oral sex on a lady in 2006 and raping one more lady in 2013. Weinstein faces 5 criminal charges, like rape, and could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A lot more than 70 females have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct. He has denied all accusations and stated any speak to was consensual.

Students at Winthrop Home staged a sit-in this month to protest Sullivan’s defense of Weinstein, according to a report at the time in the Harvard Crimson student newspaper. Students denounced Sullivan in other actions earlier this year.

(Corrects spelling of Harvey Weinstein in initial paragraph)

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