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A Third Woman Accuses UN’s Former Global Warming Guru Of Sexual Harassment

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Another woman has accused former chairman of United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Rajendra Pachauri of sexual harassment.

There are now three women who have leveled such accusations against the man-made global warming warrior.

The woman claimed Thursday Pachauri — who previously headed up the New Delhi-based climate research group The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) — made her “extremely uncomfortable” when she was employed at TERI in 2008.

The woman said through her attorney, Vrinda Grover: “..from the beginning Pachauri would put his hands on my waist repeated times, he would hug me longer than felt comfortable, kissed me on the cheek and inquired about my private life.”

She said Pachauri accosted her several times.

“On one of these occasions, I actually was sick and could not come to office. He then came to my home with a bouquet of roses. This might sound sweet, but at that time I just felt uncomfortable and scared,” the woman claimed.

Pachauri announced in February, 2015, he was stepping down from his position at the U.N. after the allegations of sexual harassment came to light. His decision was set in motion by a 33-page complaint by an unnamed woman alleging he engaged in “unwanted physical advances” through various electronic messaging tools, The Times of India reported in 2015.

The climate change guru blamed man-made global warming skeptics for his legal troubles March 28.

In several emails to The Observer, Pachauri said he was being set up by his detractors, adding his opponents manipulated the salacious texts and emails he is accused of sending.

“What is disturbing [is] that right from the first day over a period of about 16 months she was creating and assembling an archive of messages,” he told The Observer, “which to anyone would seem very unusual. As far as I know, the emails, text messages etc. that she collected were personal, semi-personal and only in a few cases official.”

Pachauri, who is also the author of a sultry romantic novel, allegedly wrote in one of the texts he “never felt so overwhelmingly in love as I have been with you, and even though you gave me so much pain, I will always be your well-wisher and carry beautiful memories of the joyous moments between us, limited as they might have been.”

The third woman’s yearlong contract with TERI was terminated in late 2008 after only four months of service. In one of her statements, the woman said she was relieved to be away from Pachauri.

“When he terminated my contract, I did not think there was any point contesting it, as from my conversation with former employees of TERI I had gotten a feeling that it would be of little use to challenge any decision of Pachauri’s,” she said. “I also felt very relieved that I would have to face Pachauri’s sexual harassment any longer. I left Delhi a few weeks after this.”

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