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Former law school dean Sujit Choudhry Settles sexual harassment suit with accuser

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Former UC Berkeley Law School dean Sujit Choudhry agreed to pay $50,000 to charity and $50,000 in legal fees to settle the sexual harassment case. Photo: UC Berkeley 

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Sujit Choudhry, the former dean of the UC Berkeley law school, reached a settlement in a legal case in which his former assistant was the accuser. He has agreed to pay $50,000 to charity and $50,000 in legal fees to settle the case, according to statements released by the university and by his former assistant, Tyann Sorrell.

In a statement released Friday, Sorrell said the $50,000 payment to charity represented a “significant financial contribution to a number of organizations of my choice that deal with the serious issues of sexual harassment and abuse.”

Sorrell’s attorney called the terms of the settlement a “minor slap on the wrist” for Choudhry, and that her client is “continuing to heal and struggle.” She said her client was not permitted to comment further under the terms of the agreement. The agreement was signed on March 31, Sorrell’s attorney said the delayed release of the announcement was “intended to minimize student and staff reaction” to the news of the settlement.

In a statement, the university said all litigation in the case “has now been dismissed.”

Sorrell had sued Choudhry and the university over the allegations and Choudhry, an Asian, sued the university for singling him out because of his race. He is being allowed to continue his two-year sabbatical through May 2018 and keep his research funding and travel expenses. In her lawsuit, Sorrell alleged Choudhry kissed, hugged and touched her. In her statement, Sorrell said she “look(s) forward to a day when sexual harassment and abuse is no long denied, enabled, ignored or tolerated.”

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Indian national dies in ICE custody in Arizona

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Diya TV) — An Indian national died in Arizona near the California border while being held in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the second person in a month to die at that location.

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Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Blasts near major Sufi shrine in Lahore kills 10, wounds many

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LAHORE, Pakistan (Diya TV) — Pakistani police say a bomb targeting their forces guarding a Sufi shrine in Lahore killed at least ten people, with many more wounded. Among the dead are civilians, police officers and a security guard. Hundreds of people were nearby to mark Ramadan at the time of the explosion. The Pakistani Taliban is claiming responsibility for the attack.

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Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Colorado Muslim restaurateurs win $675K in discrimination suit

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DENVER (Diya TV) — A Colorado court ruled in favor of father and son restaurateurs Zuned & Rashad Khan to the tune of $675,000 after a landlord refused to sublease a restaurant space to them because they are Muslim.

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Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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