Former Silicon Valley and The Gorburger Show star and stand-up comedian (who released a special on HBO this year) T.J. Miller has been accused of sexually and physically assaulting a woman during his time at George Washington University (which he graduated from in 2003). The alleged victim, who chose to remain anonymous, told The Daily Beast, "He just tried a lot of things without asking me, and at no point asked me if I was all right. 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 woman added, "I was genuinely terrified and completely surprised. I understand now that this is for some people a kink, and I continue to believe it is [something] that should be entered into by consenting parties. But, as someone who had only begun having sexual encounters, like, about three months earlier, I had no awareness this was a kink, and I had certainly not entered into any agreement that I would be choked."
She also said, that same night. "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."
One of the woman's roomates at the time, who also chose to remain anonymous, told The Daily Beast, "The very next day when we talked to [Sarah] she was very upset, and… had said he had hit her in a very violent way." Another roommate, Katie Duffy, said she "[recalled] seeing bruises" on the alleged victim the next morning.
The alleged victim told The Daily Beast that she went to campus police a year later, and that the case went to the student court, where Miller reportedly appeared with a lawyer. The Daily Beast was told by "knowledgeable sources" that Miller was "expelled after he graduated," which "appeared to be an attempt by the university to satisfy both parties."
The Daily Beast reports that the accusations have been "buzzed about in Hollywood and stand-up circles for years" and that the victim is now coming forth "in part because of the societal awakening to issues of sexual assault and harassment."
Miller has reportedly told friends over the years that he was wrongfully accused, and he and his wife Kate "denied any wrongdoing" in a statement to The Daily Beast:
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. 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.”
We are confident that a full consideration of accounts from and since that time will shed light and clarity on the true nature of not only this person’s character, and also on the real facts of the matter.
We stand together in stating this is nothing more than an unfortunate resurgence of her lies designed to wreak havoc on two happily married people in the public eye.
She began again to circulate rumors online once our relationship became public.
Sadly she is now using the current climate to bandwagon and launch these false accusations again. It is unfortunate that she is choosing this route as it undermines the important movement to make women feel safe coming forward about legitimate claims against real known predators.
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. 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.