Naomi Wolf makes claims against Harold Bloom

Feb. 20, 2004

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - AP News service has released that the famous feminist author has written a magazine article accusing a noted Yale University professor of sexually harassing her while she was an undergraduate in the 1980s, and alleging a long history of such events at Yale.


The article, says CNN News Service,  is to appear in Monday's issue of New York Magazine and accuses Harold Bloom, a prominent literary critic and Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale.

Naomi Wolf, author of "The Beauty Myth," was a consultant to Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign. She advised Gore on changing his image, including advice on how to convince voters that he was an "alpha male" who should be in charge.

Bloom has written more than 20 books about the Bible, Milton and poetry. Details about the forthcoming article were first reported this week by the New York Observer.

New York Magazine spokeswoman Serena Torrey said she could not comment on the article because it has not yet been published. But she told the Yale Daily News that Wolf "will have a story outlining 20 years of incidents of sexual misconduct at Yale and her search and hope for an appropriate response from the administration to these situations."

Yale spokeswoman Helaine Klasky said Thursday she had not seen the article and could not comment on it. She said Wolf contacted Yale with the allegation about Bloom and was told a two-year statute of limitations for such complaints had passed. Reached at his home Thursday night, Bloom declined comment.

In a statement issued through New York Magazine, Wolf said she had been asked by Yale to help raise money and said "I felt I had to tell them why I was reluctant to do so."

"I then had many conversations with Yale authorities over a period of recent months, telling my story, hoping for an off-the-record meeting to address my concerns about the school's grievance procedures. I got nowhere," Wolf said.

"Several distinguished women have come forward in my piece to attest to the fact that there is a systemic problem at Yale University," she said.

(This story broke out in CNN's internet site).