George Washington professor uses fake Britney Spears nude pics to teach defamation

The real Britney, mostly clothed. (Flickr/samlavi)

John Banzhaf, a professor at George Washington University Law School and public interest lawyer, doesn't just court attention; he stalks it. Most recently, he made headlines by filing a complaint with D.C.'s Office of Human Rights alleging that Catholic University's reversion to single-sex dorms constituted sex discrimination — a challenge he lost. In October, he sued the school again, this time over non-Catholic worship groups being denied official status on campus.

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But he doesn't just have it in for CU. He's taken on obesity, smoking, tobacco advertising, ladies' nights, women paying more than men for shaving cream and dry cleaning, and men paying more than women for manicures. If you trust his self-congratulatory website, he's known as the "Ralph Nader of..." several issues, a "Radical Feminist," "the Area's Best-Known 'Radical' Law Professor," "one of the "100 Most Powerful People in Washington," "the Fastest Legal Gun in the East," the "Dean of Public Interest Lawyers," and so on.

Until recently, that very website also hosted fake naked photos of Britney Spears, according to Above the Law. A first-year student in Banzhaf's tort class emailed the legal website to say that the professor had used the photos to illustrate the concept of defamation: "He displayed a censored version in class, which is fine, but then when I was checking his online slides for my outline, I discovered that he had also posted 9 (nine) photos of Britney Spears in varying degrees of undress on his website."

The student included a link that's now dead, though Google cached it (it's a safe-for-work index of files with names like "brit4big.jpg"). ATL's Staci Zaretsky saw the images before they were pulled, and attests, "I saw nips and bush..." In an email to his class, likely as a result of Zaretsky's post, Banzhaf wrote, "I apologize to anyone who may have been searching the 'defamation' directory for files other than HTML files, and stumbled upon the images which should not have been there. I have removed these images from the new directory location."

If you arrived here after Googling "Britney Spears nude," I am sorry to disappoint. For the rest of you, I've contacted Banzhaf for comment and will update this post if I hear back.

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