John Searle
Philosopher, Academic

Allegations Summary:
Sexual harassment, assault
Alleged Victim Gender:

John Searle is a well-known philosopher and a professor at UC Berkeley.

In 2017, a former student sued Searle and the University of California.  The woman alleged that Searle propositioned her, groped her, and watched pornography at work.  She also alleged that Searle cut her pay and finally fired her after she rejected his sexual advances.

BuzzFeed News published other accusations against Searle:

  • 2013: A foreign exchange student claimed Searle “lunged at her and tried to kiss her in his office”
  • 2004: A graduate student claimed that Searle behaved extremely inappropriately at a dinner party, including attempting to play footsie with her.