- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A Dutch academic seeking to sue a Citigroup economist for defamation after being charged with stalking him has gotten a U.S. appeals court’s permission to gather evidence for a planned case in the Netherlands.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled Friday. A lower-court judge had rejected Heleen Mees’ request to collect evidence from Willem Buiter, Citigroup Inc.’s chief economist.

Lawyers didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

Mees was charged in 2013 with stalking Buiter with thousands of unwanted emails, some threatening or sexually explicit. The misdemeanor case was dismissed after Mees complied with a deal to attend therapy and stay trouble-free for a year.

Mees asserts she’d had 27 romantic dates with Buiter. She says his claims cost her a New York University job.


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