The politically incorrect NYU professor accused of “incivility” by liberal colleagues and put on leave is now suing the college and four fellow profs for calling him everything from a drug addict to Satan.
The “malicious” statements appeared in an e-mail thread that blasted out over five days in May from school accounts to more than 100 university staffers, claims a defamation lawsuit filed Friday by professor Michael Rectenwald.
He blames NYU for doing nothing to stop the “nasty screed,” according to papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Rectenwald, 58, told The Post that the 20 “hateful” e-mails turned his once-pleasant academic life into a nightmare and might torpedo his career.
“I’ve been universally shunned by the entire department,” the liberal-studies professor said. “In academia, to be called a ‘racist’ and a ‘sexist’ is like the kiss of death.”
Calling himself “Deplorable NYU Prof,” Rectenwald started an undercover Twitter account, @antipcnyuprof, on Sept. 12, 2016, as a way to argue against the increasingly popular use of “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings” on campuses across the country.
He chose to be anonymous because, he said, he was afraid “the PC Gestapo” on the liberal Greenwich Village campus would target him.
But on Oct. 24, 2016, Rectenwald outed himself as the account’s creator in an interview with the Washington Square News, the NYU student newspaper.
The interview prompted 12 members of NYU’s Liberal Studies Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group, a panel of liberal-studies students and staff, to publish a letter two days later claiming Rectenwald was “guilty of illogic and incivility.”
The same day, he was summoned to a meeting with the dean, where he was “coerced” into taking a paid leave, the suit says.
When he returned to his job in January 2017, attacks from colleagues soon followed.
On May 8, 2017, Rectenwald tweeted about a $75,000 advance he was to get…