“The university values freedom of speech. Nonetheless, the university has determined that it is not presently able to accommodate Mr. Padgett’s request to rent space at the university due to substantial risk to public safety,” wrote Columbus attorney Michael Carpenter in a letter to Kyle Bristow, a lawyer for Spencer.
Carpenter asked Bristow and Padgett to direct any future communications to him rather than to Ohio State officials directly. Bristow recently threatened to file a lawsuit against both OSU and the University of Cincinnati if the state institutions would not allow Spencer to speak on campus.
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Spencer has been denied requests for space to speak at Penn State University, the University of Florida and at Michigan State University. After Michigan State denied Spencer’s speaking request, his event organizer filed a lawsuit against the school in United States District Court.
UC took a different approach than Ohio State. UC president Neville Pinto announced in a campus-wide email earlier this month that the university would allow Spencer to speak on campus.
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