University of Minnesota Law Professor Falsely Accused of Rape Wins Defamation Case

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Francesco Parisi Wins $1.2 Million Defamation Judgment

A University of Minnesota Law School professor won about $1.2 million in his defamation case against a woman who falsely accused him of rape and had him jailed for three weeks and charged with a felony.

Francesco Parisi prevailed Monday with the Judge ruling that more than $800,000 of the award would go to Parisi for economic losses, along with $325,000 to cover emotional, punitive and reputational damages.

The County Attorney’s Office dropped the charges against Parisi in March 2017 after it got no evidence to support the allegations that he raped the woman in 2015.

Judge Daniel Moreno Morgan Wright’s allegations against Parisi lacked credibility and the accusations were false and made with malice. The Judge stated that her untruthful narrative crusade injured Parisi.

Parisi stayed in jail when his mother fell ill and ultimately passed away. The sentence prevented him from being on her mum’s side in her final days.