Claremont McKenna College professor Kerri Dunn is now suspected of vandalizing her own car last week in an incident detectives were investigating as a hate crime, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reports.
Dunn reported that someone had painted racial and sexist slurs on her car while it was parked at the college on March 9, prompting the presidents of all five Claremont colleges to cancel classes last week.
Students protested against intolerance and in support of Dunn, a visiting assistant professor of psychology. Dunn holds a Ph.D. in psychology and a law degree.
Claremont police said Wednesday that Dunn’s accounts of the incident were inconsistent, and that two witnesses had come forward to say they saw her vandalizing her car.
The professor denied the allegation during an interview with a Southern California newspaper on that same day.
Claremont police said they expect to submit their report to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office by Monday morning.