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Sexual-assault case against Joe Lonsdale dropped

Original post made on Nov 3, 2015

A civil case filed earlier this year against Joe Lonsdale, founder of Palo Alto software company Palantir, by a former girlfriend and Stanford University student who accused him of sexual assault and abuse, has been dismissed, as has a counterclaim Lonsdale filed in response, according to court documents filed Monday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 8:30 AM

Comments (11)

Posted by Lara
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 3, 2015 at 11:14 am

I hope Lonsdale stays away from Stanford given his ethical compass seems to need a serious reset. Between his feeling free to have a sexual fling with a student he was mentoring and his making billions of dollars from data mining for the CIA, NSA, etc. as a founder of Palantir, he isn't qualified mentor anyone. Do no evil, Jon.


Posted by fred
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 3, 2015 at 12:27 pm

It is very hard to codify proper inter-gender behavior rules in this modern time. If we totally level the rules, we find that certain outcomes do not fit very comfortably, and may not lead to a sustainable social model. Yet, there is a strong idealistic determination to level the rules, and pretend that there are only size and physical strength differences between men and women. If we codify this in a body of law, it becomes hard to adjust it as social trends change.

Darwin rules. The people who manage modern gender roles in a shrewd way, such that they have multiple generations of capable families(>2kids), will be the winners. How to do this is hard to codify in a civil code or university policy. The freedoms we have make us more accountable to the personal judgements that we exercise.

The publicity and outcome of this scandal suggests that both parties exercised poor judgement.


Posted by icky
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Nov 3, 2015 at 3:24 pm

Having a sexual relationship with the girl when you are associated with an "entrepreneurship program" at Stanford seems very unethical behavior and very unwise, regardless of the he-said, she-said aftermath, and it is unfair to the other students going about their education in an ethical fashion.
It is highly un-professional on the part of all parties in this icky drawn-out "relationship."
Yet the federal government sees fit to associate with this guy.
Yet the girl had sweetheart grades, I assume, from her lover?
Yet the other students were overlooked and under-served in the "entrepreneurship program."


Posted by Craig Laughton
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 3, 2015 at 4:18 pm

From the original article: Web Link

Read it before you post. It seems clear to me that the problem was this woman's mother, Title IX and Stanford...in that order. Lonsdale was probably the relative victim.


Posted by No Doubt
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 3, 2015 at 8:13 pm

One thing Lonsdale is guilty of [portion removed] is using his position as mentor to influence a young impressionable student.


Posted by NYT's take
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 3, 2015 at 9:12 pm

This is what the NYT had to say about the case in Feb:
Web Link


Posted by DNA
a resident of Mayfield
on Nov 4, 2015 at 7:08 pm

Two people enjoyed a sexual relationship that apparently ended on a sour note! There's that DNA thing again -- men and woman are attracted to each other and boom -- a relationship starts. Are mothers telling their daughters about the power of testosterone, about how they need to be careful and use good judgment when they get involved with men? And are they telling them that sometimes things won't work out well and they'll need to exit the relationship? This was a two-way relationship over months and the young woman needs to take responsibility, as well as the gentleman. I'm a woman, and when young I enjoyed affairs with older men. When things go sour a young woman needs to leave the situation and learn from it. Both need to take responsibility and move on. I'm glad the suit's been dropped.


Posted by John
a resident of Mountain View
on Nov 4, 2015 at 7:21 pm

So there was a sexual relationship between the mentor and student but that is just fine with Stanford. Is that right? Wow. [Portion removed.]


Posted by Alien
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 5, 2015 at 8:11 am

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Posted by Ahem
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 5, 2015 at 6:33 pm

Londale's relationship with this Stanford student seems to be a fractal of Palantir's relationship with Palo Alto.


Posted by icky
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Nov 5, 2015 at 8:58 pm

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