New York – Yeshiva University To Be Sued By Abuse Victim; Lawyer Says Claim Not Barred By Statute of Limitations


    File photo of Attorney Kevin Mulhearn (credit Alexandra Wren)New York – As the fallout continues from the investigative series published in the Forward newspaper ( alleging sexual misconduct on the part of two Yeshiva University staff members, one victim, Mordechai Twersky, has retained attorney Kevin Mulhearn to represent him in a lawsuit against YU.

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    Mulhearn is best known for winning a sex abuse lawsuit on behalf of 12 men who said they were sexually abused decades ago by the football coach at Brooklyn’s Poly Prep Country Day School.

    Since the Forward began their coverage ( of YU’s alleged sex abuse scandal, over 20 men have come forward to say they, too, were abused by either Rabbi George Finkelstein or Rabbi Macy Gordon between the years 1968 and 1995 at Yeshiva University High School for Boys in Manhattan.

    Mulhearn is hopeful that other victims will follow Twersky’s lead and come forward to join the suit. “I think there is a substantial benefit in consolidating these claims as much as possible,” he said.

    In New York State, victims of child sexual abuse are barred from bringing a claim past the age of 23 owing to the statute of limitations. However, Mulhearn explained that just as with the Poly Prep case he successfully won, the argument can be made that YU knew or became aware of the abuse allegations and took measures to hide them. As such, though the alleged victims are now in their 40s and 50s, they are not barred by the statute of limitations.

    “I can assure you from looking at this issue very carefully over several years, the statute of limitations is not an impenetrable monolith,” Mulhearn said.

    YU has since retained the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell to investigate the allegations. The university has also hired Lisa Friel, the former head of the sex crimes division at the New York City district attorney’s office. Both Friel and attorneys from Sullivan & Cromwell have started calling alleged victims. Mulhearn cautioned all potential victims to only speak with YU’s lawyers in the presence of their own attorney.

    Twersky said that he has received an outpouring of both support and condemnation since the Forward story first broke. He said many of the e-mails he receives are from other YU abuse victims who have seen their lives destroyed – including divorces, drug and alcohol addictions and repeated thoughts of suicide – all as a result of the abuse they endured during their high school years.

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    11 years ago

    This is the tip of the iceberg and will extend into our communities also, but I think it’s a good thing. Let’s get them all to court and see what a jury says.

    11 years ago

    So its not only in Williamsburg, so why doesn’t the media make a whole fuss about it?!

    11 years ago

    This is going to get very ugly.
    Hashem Yeracham.

    11 years ago

    an easy way to make money these days. i wonder what these two accusers do for a living?i know times are bad but how low can you go to make a buck?

    11 years ago

    “i wonder what these two accusers do for a living?i know times are bad but how low can you go to make a buck?”

    Two accusers?? So far, ten men are going to testify! Are all ten lying? I think not since they have the same stories and had also gone to the authorities many years ago with the same stories. If so far, there are ten who are willing to testify, I assume there are many more. One pedophile can abuse hundreds and hundreds of victims.