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Yale students name man who allegedly defamed them

August 6, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Two female students at Yale Law School who say anonymous, defamatory comments were made about them on the Internet have identified one of the defendants in their federal lawsuit.

The women filed new court documents in New Haven Wednesday naming Mathew C. Ryan of Austin, Texas, as one of the defendants.

They say he made sexually charged slurs about them on the Web, including a false claim that one of the women had a sexually transmitted disease. The lawsuit also alleges that Ryan encouraged further attacks on the other woman and used anti-Semitic language.

Efforts to reach Ryan were unsuccessful. One telephone number in his name was disconnected, and messages were left at other numbers.

A judge has allowed the women to remain anonymous.