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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Citing the importance of the First Amendment, Columbia University asked a judge Friday to reject a student’s lawsuit alleging the school failed to protect him after a onetime friend called him a “serial rapist” and carried a mattress around campus to protest sexual abuse.

The university said in a filing in U.S. District Court that it was a “fatal flaw” in Paul Nungesser’s lawsuit that he failed to sufficiently claim intentional gender discrimination by Columbia. His lawsuit alleged that the university’s actions caused him to face gender discrimination and defamation during the last school year and damaged his job prospects.

Student Emma Sulkowicz claimed Paul Nungesser raped her in 2012.

She alleged the university never took action against him and carried a mattress around campus to draw attention to sexual assaults at the school, in a project titled “Carry That Weight.”

Nungesser, a German citizen, sued…

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