Yale doctor speaks on sex misconduct allegations

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Posted: Nov 18, 2014 9:13 AM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Yale School of Medicine doctor who was removed as director of the cardiovascular research center over accusations of sexual misconduct says he takes responsibility for his actions.

The New Haven Register reports (http://bit.ly/11eHPeK ) that Dr. Michael Simons wrote in an email Monday he takes responsibility for briefly pursuing "a junior but not subordinate colleague."

The former colleague, Dr. Annarita Di Lorenzo, and her husband, Dr. Frank Giordano, have filed complaints with the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. Their lawyer, Victoria de Toledo, did not detail the contents of the complaint.

De Toledo says her client was sexually harassed and that Yale and her supervisors were "completely unresponsive."

Yale President Peter Salovey (sahl-oh-VAY') attended the first meeting on Monday of the School of Medicine's Task Force on Gender Equity.

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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com