- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 21, 2015

Posters calling Emma Sulkowicz a “pretty little liar” briefly decorated the Manhattan neighborhood surrounding Columbia University on Wednesday, after the alleged rape victim graduated with her mattress in tow.

The posters were plastered throughout Morningside Heights and the subway stations near campus and seemed to be taken down hours later, Newsday’s amNew Yorkreported. The posters depicted Ms. Sulkowicz with a mattress and the words “pretty little liar.” Another poster showed “Girls” star Lena Dunham sticking her tongue out and making the “Loser” symbol with an “L” on her forehead and the caption “big fat liar.”

A Twitter account @fakerape appeared to take credit for the posters, putting up photos of them at various locations, the paper said.

Ms. Sulkowicz has claimed she was sexually assaulted in 2013 by fellow student Paul Nungesser, who also graduated Tuesday. After an investigation, Columbia deemed Mr. Nungesser “not responsible,” and the NYPD declined to charge him with a crime. As part of her senior thesis project, Ms. Sulkowicz vowed to carry the mattress until her alleged attacker was expelled, or until she graduated. Ms. Sulkowicz reportedly dragged her mattress across the stage Tuesday during the graduation ceremony, receiving applause.

Mr. Nungesser filed a lawsuit in April against Columbia, claiming the school allowed her to harass him and defame his character by carrying the mattress, amNew York reported.

@fakerape, the Twitter account who posted the photos of the posters, declined to give a real name, telling amNew York, “We want to educate people about fake rape claims & how damaging they are,” adding that “due process matters.”

A Columbia spokeswoman said the school had no information on the posters.

“Our consistent message to our own university community has emphasized the importance of mutual respect for all graduates and their guests on these days of shared celebration,” Victoria Benitez told amNew York.

The posters had been taken down by Wednesday afternoon, the paper reported.

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