T.J. Miller denies sexual assault allegations
A woman alleged in a report on Tuesday that Miller choked and punched her when he was in college
T.J. Miller is pushing back on an anonymous woman’s claims that he punched, choked, and sexually assaulted her when they were in college together.
In a report published by The Daily Beast, the woman graphically described Miller’s alleged behavior during their time together at George Washington University, which, per the Daily Beast, were eventually addressed by the college’s student court. “He just tried a lot of things without asking me, and at no point asked me if I was all right,” the woman said. “He choke[d] me, and I kept staring at his face hoping he would see that I was afraid and [that he] would stop… I couldn’t say anything.”
The accuser admitted there were parts of the story she did not remember but claimed that she had the distinct memory of Miller “shaking [her] violently,” choking her to the extent that she couldn’t breathe, and punching her in the mouth during sexual encounters. She alleged her roommates heard the incident but that she kept them out of it, shutting the door in their faces and returning to the bedroom with Miller. “He pulled me back to bed and more things happened,” she then said. “He anally penetrated me without my consent, which I actually believe at that point I cried out, like, ‘No,’ and he didn’t continue to do that — but he also had a [beer] bottle with him the entire time. He used the bottle at one point to penetrate me without my consent.”
The Daily Beast further said it corroborated the woman’s story (which includes two separate incidents) with “five GW contemporaries” familiar with the allegations. “I attended George Washington University for undergraduate studies from 2000 until December 2003… I had a romantic relationship with [this] woman, who spoke with me about T.J. Miller sexually assaulting her,” Matt Lord, an attorney who dated the accuser, wrote in a statement to The Daily Beast. “At the time I believed the statements she made regarding the assault by Mr. Miller, and I continue to believe the statements she made are true. She was engaged in student conduct proceedings regarding the sexual assault, and I remember the emotional toll that the assault and the subsequent conduct hearings placed on her.”
Miller, best known for his award-winning turn in HBO’s Silicon Valley, released a statement co-attributed to his wife Kate. The pair said they were familiar with the anonymous accuser. “We met this woman over a decade ago while studying together in college, she attempted to break us up back then by plotting for over a year before making contradictory claims and accusations,” they said. “She attempted to discredit both of our voices and use us against one another by trying to portray Kate to be a continuous abuse victim of T.J. (further efforts to hurt the two of us). She was asked to leave our university comedy group because of worrisome and disturbing behavior, which angered her immensely, she then became fixated on our relationship, and began telling people around campus ‘I’m going to destroy them’ & ‘I’m going to ruin him.'”
Further, the Millers lambasted the unnamed accuser for trying “to muddy the water” of the #MeToo movement. “We stand together and will not allow this person to take advantage of a serious movement toward gender equality by allowing her to use this moment to muddy the water with an unrelated personal agenda,” they said. “We feel we all have an obligation now more than ever to prevent people from using reporters to spin lies into headlines, and focus instead on what is real. We both champion and continue to stand up for people everywhere who have truly suffered injustice seeking to have justice brought into their lives.”
Miller exited his regular role on Silicon Valley earlier this year and lent his voice to The Emoji Movie. On Monday evening, HBO issued a one-sentence statement that said, “There were no reports of sexual misconduct during T.J. Miller’s time working at HBO.”
Read Miller and his wife’s full statement below.