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Tehran. (Iranart)- Aydin Aghdashloo's fans and followers believe what existed in NYT is more based on undocumented stories same as last four years which was a report from a virtual identity on social media.

Solmaz Naraghi, an interdisciplinary writer and artist, denied on his personal page a quote from her in the New York Times, October 22, 2020, following a report against Aydin Aghdashloo. Naraghi wrote: "Mr. Aghdashloo never committed any aggression against me, and I deny any word or expression that implies such behavior." The full text of this artist, whose page has more than 100,000 followers, is as follows: Recently, during a conversation with me in The New York Times, I testified to the truth about what happened to my colleague Sarah Ommatali and who informed me many years ago, and I shared a memory of Aydin Aghdashloo who referred to what he had said. The times were told to me at two different times, and at that time it was not pleasant for me because it was not true and it was expressed in public. Apparently, according to the definitions of today's world, the New York Times has classified this behavior as sexual harassment. This phrase is misunderstood in Persian and creates thousands of misconceptions for us, who have not yet found the difference between verbal aggression and verbal harassment in our literature. I hereby declare that I was not sexually harassed by Aydin Aghdashloo (in the sense that it has for Persian speakers). It would have been better to pay more attention to this translation so that verbal harassment would not be interpreted as physical harassment. Mr. Aghdashloo never committed any aggression against me, and I deny any word or expression that implies such behavior. "Because first of all I am faithful and honest."

The New York Times recently made accusations against Aydin Aghdashloo, whom the newspaper called a "superstar," which has been criticized by the art professor's students as well as by the Iranian art community; Mr. Aghdashloo's fans believe that what the New York Times reports is similar to the undocumented storytelling that has been published on a web page in the last four years. Solmaz Naraghi's protest is the first official reaction to the report; some sources report such reactions to the New York Times, and on social media, some of Aydin Aghdashloo's students have announced that the artist intends to sue the New York Times.

Recently, the lawyers of Aydin Aghdashloo, the law firm of "Parker Pahl" based in New York, asked the webmaster mentioned in the report to provide the ground for filing claims against this art professor in court by announcing his postal address. According to this legal office, Mr. Aghdashloo's representatives have tried to sue the webmaster several times between December 2019 and February 2020, but due to his unknown location, this has not been achieved to date.

The unidentified man allegedly said in a Twitter post on September 15, 2020 that he would welcome any legal action in connection with his allegations against Mr. Aghdashloo in the New York courts, but that Mr. Aghdashloo had refused to provide a postal address.


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