Following the news that Thirteen Reasons Why author was expelled from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for violating its harassment code, a Netflix spokesperson released the following statement to EW regarding the upcoming second season of 13 Reasons Why: “Jay Asher was not involved in the second season of 13 Reasons Why. The upcoming season will not be impacted in any way.”
On Sunday night, Lin Oliver, executive director of SCBWI, responded to anonymous comments about Asher saying that he and another author had “been expelled from the SCBWI” and were “not welcome as members, faculty or speakers … There is a zero tolerance policy for harassment, there is a preponderance [of] powerful and respected women on our board, on our staff, and in our membership.” Oliver later told Buzzfeed of Asher, “After we investigated, we felt that terminating his membership was the proper course of action. We have always been really sensitive to sexual harassment issues and have a zero tolerance policy, but clearly our policies haven’t prevented violations, so we’re taking this opportunity to take another look at our guidelines.”
A representative for Asher released a statement on Wednesday declaring Oliver’s comments “completely false,” noting, “there was no allegation, investigation or finding of sexual harassment.” The statement continued, “In April 2017, Mr. Asher voluntarily agreed that he would no longer attend SCBWI conferences. This was in response to hurt feelings of a group of authors with whom he had consensual relationships that ended poorly. Mr. Asher was not banned by the SCBWI. In fact, when he let his membership in the group lapse last summer, Lin Oliver, the group’s executive director, suggested that he keep his membership going. He did as requested, and Mr. Asher’s membership is active today.”
While season 1 of 13 Reasons Why centered on high school student Hannah Baker and her classmate Clay listening to the 13 cassette tapes she recorded mapping out the events that led to her death by suicide, season 2 will delve a bit more into the lives of Hannah’s classmates and how her decision affected them.
There’s no word yet on when Netflix will premiere season 2.