A UCLA Hillel rabbi accused of accosting a freelance journalist in October 2003 has sent the writer a letter of apology as part of a court settlement. Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, UCLA Hillel director, was accused by Rachel Neuwirth of verbally and physically assaulting her outside Royce Hall, on the UCLA campus, during a speech by Alan Dershowitz more than four years ago.
The UCLA Hillel rabbi who allegedly lost his temper and assaulted a freelance journalist who called him a derogatory name has agreed to a recommendation that he undergo 36 hours of anger management and pen a letter of apology to his reported victim.
Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller did not lose his temper or kick freelance journalist Rachel Neuwirth, his lawyer said Tuesday immediately following a city attorney's hearing on the case.
After an Oct. 21 lecture at UCLA featuring Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, Neuwirth called Seidler-Feller "worse than a kapo," and the UCLA Hillel director allegedly pushed and kicked her. Donald Etra, Seidler-Feller's lawyer, provided a witness on Tuesday who denied that the rabbi lost control, despite several eyewitnesses who say otherwise.
The UCLA Hillel rabbi who allegedly lost his temper and kicked a freelance journalist who called him a derogatory name could be required to undergo anger management training, counseling or worse for his reported actions.
On Dec. 1, Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller and Rachel Neuwirth will meet separately with a city attorney hearing officer in Los Angeles to try to sort through the facts of his reported physical assault on her. Afterward, the hearing officer will mete out the appropriate punishment to Seidler-Feller, if merited, said Eric Moses, the city attorney's director of public relations. It is possible the hearing officer could recommend that criminal charges be brought against Seidler-Feller.