A former Columbia University student accused of raping a fellow classmate who became known as “mattress girl” has settled his lawsuit with the Ivy League school, court records show.
Paul Nungesser had sued Columbia in 2015, accusing the university of sex discrimination after an investigation cleared him of rape.
“Together with Paul and his parents, we have fought for three long years,” Nungesser’s lawyer, Andrew Miltenberg, told the Washington Post.
“It gives Paul a chance to go on with his life and recover from the false accusation against him. We hope that the resolution of the case also ensures that no student will ever have to endure what Paul went through after he was exonerated.”
Nungesser’s accuser, Emma Sulkowicz, said that he had raped her during her sophomore year in 2012.
She protested the school administration’s handling of her allegations by carrying a mattress around the Morningside Heights campus.
The protest brought widespread attention to the school and how universities handle sex assault allegations.
Nungesser had filed a Title IX lawsuit in Manhattan Federal Court. The Title IX law prohibits sex discrimination at federally funded schools.
Records show that a judge had dismissed Nungesser’s lawsuit. But he had filed an appeal before ultimately reaching the settlement.
The settlement amount was not disclosed.