A domestic violence charge against Stanford biology professor Hunter Fraser was raised from misdemeanor to felony Tuesday morning at a Palo Alto court hearing.

Fraser allegedly threw a woman identified as his girlfriend to the floor and later hit a door while playing with Fraser’s daughter on July 4, according to court records obtained by The Daily. Fraser was then brought to court on September 2 on a misdemeanor charge of bodily harm, and pleaded not guilty.

The district attorney’s office wrote in a statement that the decision to charge Fraser with a felony was made after evidence of the woman’s injury was obtained by the office.

“When the prosecutor’s office initially reviewed the case, there was no evidence that the victim sustained serious injuries as a result of the assault,” the office wrote. “We recently learned that the victim sustained broken ribs when the defendant assaulted her.”

Results of a CT angiography of the woman’s chest after the alleged assault reported to The Daily showed that the woman had fractured two ribs. The Daily knows the identity of the woman but has withheld it for her own safety.

Fraser made the allegations in an email to his lab, Fraser’s Lab, after Tuesday’s hearing.

“While I am forbidden to go into detail here while the case is being considered, I want you to know that the allegations against me are untrue,” he wrote. “No one has ever made such an accusation or allegation against me at any point in my career or in my personal life. It was all incredibly painful.”

“In the current cultural moment, I realize that my words may raise doubts, but they are the truth,” Fraser added, urging members of his lab to “allow the entire process to be completed before any conclusions are drawn.”

News of Fraser’s arrest and accusation of domestic violence spread on campus in early October and prompted some students to call for his removal.

The university Senate appointed Fraser in its October resolution calling on Stanford to address sexual violence that, among other requests, urged officials to dismiss and remove honors from faculty members who were reported to have committed acts of sexual violence.

Posters also appeared on campus in late October urging students to sign a petition calling on Stanford University to “put Fraser on leave and protect its students.” The petition has garnered more than 80 signatures as of Tuesday morning, with the majority of signatories identifying themselves as current students and alumni of Stanford University.

“Stanford calls it a “personal matter.” Urge Stanford University to protect its students,” the posters said, referring to an email sent to the biology Ph.D. Students according to department leadership who acknowledged the issue but wrote that it was an “external legal issue on which we cannot comment.”

The Daily has reached out to Fraser and the university for comment.

This article is down and will be updated.

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