US law professor asserts he was unjustly accused of sexual assault by ChatGPT, claiming the cited article was never written

As part of a study, a lawyer reportedly requested the AI chatbot to generate a list of legal scholars who had committed sexual harassment, according to Professor Turley.


Jonathan Turley was falsely accused of sexual harassment by OpenAI’s AI-powered chatbot ChatGPT, which generated a list of legal scholars who had purportedly harassed someone. The accusation was supported by a fabricated article in the Post that the chatbot cited as evidence. However, both the professor and the Post confirmed that the article did not exist.

Professor Turley revealed in a separate blog post that a lawyer purportedly asked the AI chatbot to compile a list of legal scholars who had committed sexual harassment as part of a study. The chatbot’s list included Turley’s name, accusing him of making sexually suggestive remarks and attempting to touch a pupil during a class trip to Alaska, which Turley claims he never took while working at a school he never taught.
“…I discovered that ChatGPT falsely reported a claim of sexual harassment that was never made against me during a trip that never took place while I was a member of a faculty where I never taught.” “ChapGPT relies on a nonexistent Washington Post article and quotes a nonexistent newspaper statement,” he tweeted.

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The accusation initially amused Professor Turley, but upon reflection, he found it to be more menacing. He emphasized the accuracy and dependability issues with AI chatbots such as ChatGPT and argued that AI algorithms are just as biased and defective as their programmers.

Additionally, he noted that ChatGPT was not the only chatbot to make false claims about him. According to him, Microsoft’s Bing Chatbot made numerous unfounded claims.

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