A top doctor who co-leads an international group studying COVID has sued his former lover after calling him a pedophile and racist when he refused her demands for $1,500 a week.
Dr Jean-Laurent Casanova has filed a $10million lawsuit against Jennifer Lin, 35, whom he met through a matchmaking service, after their relationship failed to blossom and she continued to “extort” him, according to the daily beastwho first reported the lawsuit.
Lin demanded money from Casanova, who also runs an infectious disease research center at Rockefeller University in Manhattan, then made outrageous statements to his employers when he refused, it is claimed.
In an email to Rockefeller’s human resources department, Lin claimed that Casanova had “confessed in private 1:1 conversations to being engaged in ‘threesomes with underage girls’ or underage people.” She said he also “expressed a very overt disdain for the African-American community.”
Rockefeller has launched an internal investigation into the allegations, which Lin made on June 18 and which Casanova said were “completely untrue”, the Daily Beast reported.
Dr. Jean-Laurent Casanova has filed a $10 million lawsuit against Jennifer Lin, 35, whom he met through a matchmaking service, after their relationship failed and she tried to ” extort”.
Lin wrote to Rockefeller University in Manhattan where Casanova runs a research center to claim that he was engaged in “threesomes with underage girls” or underage girls” and that he had “expressed a very open contempt for the African-American community”.
Casanova’s attorney told the outlet that Lin sent a notarized letter to Rockefeller on Monday that retracted the statements and said she suffered “a psychotic episode consisting of delusions and auditory hallucinations due to schizophrenia.” The episode caused her to produce “matches made up entirely of lies,” she said.
Casanova, who co-leads the international Covid Human Genetic Effort consortium, met Lin through a matchmaker around 2015. He lived in New York and she lived in Los Angeles.
After communicating by phone and email for several weeks, Lin visited Casanova for a weekend in New York. They apparently enjoyed their time together, dining out and visiting museums, according to Casanova’s lawsuit, who added that they also “had consensual sex.”
About two weeks later, Casanova traveled to Los Angeles to stay with Lin and they “toured around Los Angeles, spent time at the famous Getty Museum, dined out, and that Saturday night, as they were in (Lin’s) apartment, they again had consensual sex with one another’.
Casanova returned to New York when Lin called to tell him she was seeing another man and wanted to end their relationship. The couple remained on good terms and maintained casual contact.
A few years later, the couple reunited when Casanova took a work trip to Los Angeles and suggested they have dinner. They had a “pleasant but purely platonic evening,” the suit reads.
Several months later, Lin contacted Casanova and told her that she was depressed – and that he was the best lover she had ever had. She also asked him to read a draft of a book she had written.
He shared his thoughts on the book and they continued to keep in touch occasionally, including last summer. By this point, Casanova had married and was raising a child with his wife.
She called every 12 to 18 months to complain about the state of her life, it is claimed.
But in June 2023, Lin’s attitude would then have changed dramatically and she made a “complete 180 degree turn” by suggesting that she and Casanova get married if he “will agree to support her so that she can stop working”.
He rejected Lin’s advance and told her that they weren’t compatible, which she seemed to accept, it is claimed.
But in June, Lin contacted him asking for $1,000.
He “was surprised by this request, and he told (Lin) that he wouldn’t do that”. She then demanded $1,500 a week and said that if Casanova didn’t comply, “he would be so sorry…she would report him and ruin his life.”
Casanova said the claims were “completely untrue”, but Rockefeller launched an internal investigation into the allegations which he said caused him anxiety, insomnia and high blood pressure.
Casanova’s attorney said Lin sent a notarized letter to Rockefeller on Monday that retracted the statements and said she suffered “a psychotic episode at the time of writing.”
A text message Lin allegedly sent after Casanova’s refusal, which was included in court filings, read, “YOU PEDOPHILIA. STAY AWAY FROM WOMEN THAT PREDATOR YOU. I am also filing a complaint with the FBI regarding your conduct…I have conveyed (sic) the truth of who you are to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg…YOU WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE LIKE HARVEY WEINSTEIN, JEFFREY EPSTEIN and all the PEDOPHILS PERVERS are lying to YOU who commit sexual exploitation crimes. I’m also filing a complaint with the FBI regarding your conduct.
She then contacted Rockefeller with the claims.
His legal complaint read, “Any reasonable person reading (Lin’s) statements would consider (Casanova) a sexual predator and sexual criminal as well as an extraordinary racist,” the complaint states. Thanks to Lin, Casanova “is now suspected by Rockefeller of being a pedophile pediatrician, perhaps one of the worst types of offenders known to civilized society”.
Casanova predicted that the financial damage he suffered could “well exceed ten million dollars ($10,000,000) by the time all is said and done.”
He said the situation caused him anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure and other medical issues.
The lawsuit remained on the docket in the New York State Supreme Court on Monday and it was not immediately clear what would happen in light of Lin’s recantation.