Also, you are wrong on your facts.
Premise: I am not disputing that the case looks bad after looking at the preponderance of the evidence that the NY times uncovered. *I believe* he is guilty from a moral standpoint, and I find it understandable, and troubling for our profession, that some individuals (women or men) may feel they need to leave the profession after experiencing near contact with a PI's crotch, or rude jokes, or unwanted advances.
Your statement: "The woman complained to HR and directly after Fryer sent the email (part of the evidence) that he would sent daily reports of her short-coming and mistakes. A few days later she left. What would be considered a smoking gun there?"
You don't seem to have thought about this evidence fairly. HR reached out to Fryer after the woman's complaint. I imagine they wanted to know his point of view. He responded that he would have kept them informed "on a regular basis". Seems rude, but on a court of law that's exactly what HR was asking: information. Retaliatory or not, that's a matter of investigation, and we don't have any evidence. And she left SEVEN MONTHS after, not a few days later, as you wrote. Therefore, before you state facts, please do your homework. There is a second incident where a woman left a few days later, which looks pretty bad. That incident does not have a corroborating email from Fryer but apparently her doctor called. Maybe you confused the two. What I am saying is: we heard only one side. What makes it bad is that there are two (at least), not that there's any hard proof.
Secondly, where in the article do you see references to a guilty verdict and by what institution? I only see this statement "Rachael Dane, a Harvard spokeswoman, said the university was “aware of and take seriously concerns raised about the treatment of staff” but would not discuss or confirm any unresolved case."
Maybe you disagree. If this doesn't convince you that we don't want to have a similar discussion done by another AEA committee, I don't know what does. But I'm willing to change my mind after looking at the survey results. I would like to understand better how pervasive this problem is. If I had to believe twitter, I'd have to think most of my colleagues are perverted assholes. I must live in fantasy world. Perfectly possible: we'll see.
Let me close my comment with my general point: I am not disputing that the case looks bad after looking at the preponderance of the evidence that the NY times uncovered. *I believe* he is guilty from a moral standpoint and I find it understandable, and troubling for our profession, that some individuals (women or men) may feel they need to leave the profession after experiencing near contact with a PI's crotch, or rude jokes, or unwanted advances.
PS I have no connection to Fryer. I saw him once in my life. I am glad he resigned and think he should have done it before the NYT article.