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MIT Pulls Online Lectures Over Harassment Claim

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People exit a main entrance of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Mass. (Steven Senne/AP)

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology says it has removed a retired physics professor's lectures from an online learning platform after a school investigation found he had sexually harassed a woman.

MIT said in a statement that it began investigating after receiving a complaint in October from a woman who said Walter Lewin had sexually harassed her online.

Lewin could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday. A message was left at a phone number listed for Lewin in Cambridge.

Lewin taught at MIT for more than three decades and his popular physics lectures drew wide acclaim. He retired in July 2009 and last taught an online course in 2013.

MIT said the woman provided information about Lewin's interactions with her and his interactions with other female online learners.

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