The former head of the University of Michigan’s College of Medicine is being sued by several former students who say he sexually harassed and stalked them.
In the lawsuit filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, John M. Miller and two other former graduate students allege that in 2010 and 2011, they were repeatedly sexually harassed, assaulted, and stalkled by Miller, then a professor of medicine, for about two years.
They allege that Miller raped a female student in 2011 and that the harassment, assault, and stalking continued into 2013.
Miller’s attorney, William D. Covington, did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment.
Miller has not been charged with a crime and has denied the allegations.
In a statement to the media, Miller said he was “deeply disturbed” by the allegations, which are detailed in the lawsuit.
“I was deeply saddened by the disturbing allegations, particularly the allegation that I sexually harassed a female graduate student,” he said.
“While I deny any wrongdoing, I also understand that my actions did not reflect the values of my institution.”
In 2010, the women filed a Title IX complaint with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, which is investigating the allegations against Miller, who is no longer at the University.
The lawsuit alleges that Miller sexually harassed them in a campus dorm room in April 2010, when he was a student at the university.
They said that he then stalked and harassed them while they were in that room.
In a statement posted to the university’s website, Miller explained that he “will vigorously defend this matter,” but noted that he has not had a lawyer present during his deposition.
In 2014, Miller was fired from the University for sexually harassing several graduate students, including the two women who filed the complaint against him in 2010.
Miller was also involved in a civil lawsuit against the university in 2014, where he was accused of sexually harassing and sexually assaulting a female senior student.
In that case, Miller denied the accusations.
Miller did not respond to an email seeking comment on Monday.