Harvard professor Bruce Hay, 56, revealed last month that he had suffered years of harassment and extortion at the hands of a French woman he had a brief affair with in 2015 and her transgender friend who was a PhD student at Harvard
Six men have come forward detailing strange encounters with a French lesbian who they claim tried to seduce them - just weeks after a Harvard professor said he was the victim of the same woman's extortion scam involving a dubious pregnancy claim and a Title IX accusation.
Bruce Hay, 56, revealed last month that he had suffered years of harassment and extortion at the hands of a French woman he had a brief affair with in 2015 and her transgender friend who was a PhD student at Harvard.
He said he has been suspended from his job, is down $300,000 in legal fees, was homeless at one point and has a love child that he isn't sure is his after being duped by Maria-Pia Shuman and her friend Mischa Haider.
Hay laid bare his shocking account of seduction and extortion in a New York Magazine interview last month and now six other men have come forward with similar stories of how Shuman attempted to pick them up.
The men claim that they were each randomly approached by Shuman in or around Harvard from 2012 to 2015. The majority of the men recalled Shuman coming up to them, telling them they were attractive and asking for their phone numbers.
Some refused to engage with Shuman but those who did recall her saying she was a lesbian and that she had a wife.
One of those men, only referred to as Anthony, claims he met Shuman in May 2015. The Harvard graduate student's story bears the most resemblance to Hay's allegations against Shuman.
Anthony said he met Shuman for coffee after she approached him on the street and their relationship quickly turned sexual.
Hay said he has been suspended from his job, is down $300,000 in legal fees, was homeless at one point and has a love child that he isn't sure is his after being duped by Maria-Pia Shuman (left) and her transgender friend Mischa Haider (right)
He said the pair had sex at her friend's apartment and he remembers the condom breaking. Two months later, Anthony said Shuman contacted him to say she was pregnant.
Shuman initially said she was thinking of aborting the baby because it would endanger her marriage to her wife but later changed her mind.
Anthony said he was suspicious of her story so he gave her a prepaid cell phone number, a fake name and a fake email address for her to correspond with him.
After a while, he claims she told him her attorney had contacted Harvard, retrieved his personal information and wanted him to release his parental rights.
Anthony said he told her he didn't want anything to do with the child and Shuman then suggested he have monthly contact with the baby. He said he refused her offer, canceled his prepaid phone and told her he was moving abroad. Anthony hasn't heard from her since.
Another man and his friend claim they were approached by Shuman in September 2012 when they were moving into a new apartment.
They say she approached them and said: 'You guys are so sweaty, I like seeing you like this - let's go upstairs'.
The men said they refused her offer but she continued to try and talk to them. They said she eventually went to a black car parked nearby where another woman was in the driver's seat.
The men claim they sat in the car watching them until they called over their neighbor, who happened to be a Boston police officer, and they drove off.
Another man named Steve says he met Shuman at a Starbucks two months later. He claims she approached him and said: 'Excuse me, you're very attractive'. He gave her his phone number and they texted to make plans to meet for lunch.
Steve said Shuman later told him a relative was making an unplanned visit and she needed him to pretend to be the father of her child. She had told him the relative didn't know she had a child with a transgender person. Steve said he declined and received random text messages from her over the next few months.
In the years that followed, Hay claims he endured a 'campaign of fraud, extortion and false accusations' that saw him and his family