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The CEO of Africa Integras, Andrea Pizziconi says she retracted her seeming sexual harassment claims against the vice-chancellor of the University of Ghana because she felt threatened by the university and its ability to negatively impact her business.

In the wake of the explosive documentary on “sex for grades” by the BBC which included Ghana’s premier university, Pizziconi shared a tweet suggesting her company’s US$64m infrastructure investment at UG suffered as a result of a sex scandal.

“I have remained mostly quiet despite the battery of attacks by Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu on my dignity. I was advised not to make waves and definitely not to raise the #metoo flag if I wanted to put the project back on track, which I do. Now I feel compelled to speak up and draw a direct line between this sex scandal and our derailed project,” her post read.

Prof Ebenezer Oduro-Owusu has since denied the allegation of sexually harassing the woman.

Andrea Pizziconi days later beat a retreat and blamed the media for misrepresentation.

She remarked on October 10: “I agree that you never harassed me. Nor did I ever say as much. Surely, you are aware of the difference of headlines and the article’s substance, the latter of which accurately reflects my previous statement.”

But speaking on Hot Issues to be aired on TV3 Saturday at 12:30 p.m., Ms Pizziconi “let’s just think about why though. Why would a victim do that? Look at what happened to me over the last week, the trolling that happened, the incredibly defamatory statements that were made from him and from others about me because I spoke up.

“If you were a young lady from the University of Ghana who had been mistreated by your professor, would you want to speak up?” she asked rhetorically.

She told host of the show, Nuong Faalong that she had issues with the media on the issue for “putting words in my mouth at that time”, indicating that the media “did not allow me to characterize the discussion as I would”

She also stated that one of the reasons she stepped back on the issue was to avoid being known merely as the woman who accused the vice-chancellor of sexual harassment when in fact she wanted to be known more for her work.

Ms Pizziconi further explained that the vice chancellor’s comments and actions towards her made her uncomfortable.

She said she was convinced that the VC's perception of her was the main reason the Africa Integras project was terminated, essentially creating a situation where her professionalism suffered due to his misogyny.
Source: 3news

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