Tufts University shelved a Monday talk featuring alum Anthony Scaramucci after he threatened to sue a graduate student who took aim at his advisory board position with words, according to a Boston Globe report Sunday.
“Back it up or you will hear from my lawyer,” Scaramucci reportedly warned in a Nov. 16 email to the writer behind two columns in The Tufts Daily.
The Medford, Ma., paper heard from a lawyer for the former White House communications director less than a week later about the “egregiously false statements.”
Samuel Lieberman demanded the editors retract two Nov. 6 and 13 editorials blasting Scaramucci’s advisory role with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy that he claimed were defamatory, the Globe reported.
He called on the 26-year-old writer, Camilo Caballero, to apologize for depicting the former financier as “an unethical opportunist” in the Trump White House in an attempt to prevent legal action.
Scaramucci, a Tufts graduate, also took exception to being labeled “the man who sold his soul in contradiction to his own purported beliefs for a seat in the White House.”
Cabellero’s column cites Scaramucci brush with scandal for allowing conspiracy theorists to take over his Twitter poll asking how many Jews died during the Holocaust as an example of harming the school’s reputation.
He described Scaramucci as a “man who makes his Twitter accessible to friends interested in giving comfort to Holocaust deniers.”
Scaramucci took to Twitter late Sunday to defend his initial threat.
“I asked for an apology for defamatory statements,” Scaramucci wrote. “That is a teachable moment professor. The student is an adult, let his actions stand without any coddling. You can’t defame people in America because you don’t like their political views.”
Scaramucci joined the Fletcher School advisory board at Tufts in 2016.