A Harvard professor charged with hiding his ties with the Chinese government and the fact that he accepted millions in funding from the Chinese sued the university Friday over its refusal to pay his legal defense fees in the case, the Associated Press reported.
The lawsuit says that Harvard denied former chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Charles Lieber’s request to advance his defense costs, hasn’t agreed to reimburse them and is demanding he first prove his innocence to the school before his trial to get financial help, according to the AP.
Charles Lieber, the chemist the US accused of misrepresenting $$ from China, is suing Harvard for legal fees https://t.co/9FQK4zYN4N
— Nidhi Subbaraman (@NidhiSubs) October 9, 2020
Lieber was arrested in January over his involvement with the Chinese government, including recruiting skilled individuals to the Thousand Talent Program. In some cases, participation in the program has resulted in violations of U.S. law, such as espionage, theft of trade secrets and grant fraud at the benefit of the Chinese government.
Mark Mukasey, Lieber’s attorney, has promised to restore his client’s name.
“Employees who find themselves accused of wrongdoing rely on their employers’