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Porn professor attempts suicide again

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Robby Soave
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Hugo Schwyzer, the controversial pornography professor who took a leave from Pasadena City College to recover from mental illness, has once again been hospitalized after attempting suicide.

He said the attempt was “serious,” in an email to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Schwyzer suffers from bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder. (RELATED: Controversial porn prof talks insanity, suicide and sex in exclusive interview)

He has taught at Pasadena for over 20 years. His spring course, “Navigating Pornography,” generated substantial controversy for featuring guest lectures from porn stars, including famed male porn actor James Deen. Schwyzer eventually became embroiled in scandal himself, engaging in multiple extramarital affairs with both women and men, some of whom were within the porn community.

Since taking a leave of absence and attempting suicide earlier this month, Schwyzer has periodically returned to Twitter to shed light on his condition and motivations. He said that he was unqualified to teach about pornography and feminism, and manipulated his way into a position of authority on these issues.

He has repeatedly asked relatives to shut him out of social media, but has consistently found ways to return to Twitter.

Earlier this week, Schwyzer told TheDCNF that while he would indeed return to teaching when he was well enough, he lacked the “moral authority” to ever teach pornography again.

“I’ll still teach Western Civilizations,” he said. “I don’t think you need the same kind of moral authority to lecture on Julius Caesar.”

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