Writer and stand-up comedian TJ Miller, famous for portraying Erlich Bachman on the HBO comedy series Silicon Valley, has been accused of sexually assaulting a classmate while he was a student at George Washington University. The incident allegedly occurred back in 2001 when Sarah (name changed), the victim who prefers to remain anonymous, was involved in a consensual relationship with the future star. The two were together in the same George Washington comedy troupe called receSs. “I felt relatively safe with T.J. at the time,” Sarah said in a report published by The Daily Beast.
Sarah came forward with gruesome and disturbing details about the alleged deeds by TJ Miller. According to Sarah, Miller shook her violently and punched her in the mouth during sex, causing a fractured tooth and a bloody lip. She was drunk that night and claimed to not remember the incident in its entirety, but says that the memory of the violence is clear. When she confronted Miller the next morning, he said that she had fallen down while drunk.
Despite this, Sarah continued to see Miller. She claims to be in denial about the incident back then and says, “I couldn’t bring myself to believe this had happened… It was me not wanting it to be true.” In a separate alleged incident at a college party, Miller choked Sarah so tightly that her housemates had to knock on her door to ask if she was all right. After her friends left, she says Miller continued to sexually assault her by anally penetrating her without her consent, both with his penis and a beer bottle. “He just tried a lot of things without asking me, and at no point asked me if I was all right,” said Sarah.
TJ called the night before my restraining order hearing with my abusive stalking ex who was his buddy. he threatened to destroy my career if i went through with it. i won the restraining order anyway. i know this girl. believe her. https://t.co/1GkoNAQIGi
— lauren ashley bishop (@sbellelauren) December 19, 2017
Sarah decided to speak up after seeing the #MeToo movement which followed high-profile Hollywood sexual assault scandals.
In a series of tweets, adult film star Dana DeArmond also accused TJ Miller and Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts of sexual harassment.
I was harassed by both Tj Miller and the director Jordan Vogt-Roberts shooting for Comedy Central’s Mash Up. I’ve been saying Tj was an asshole for years. So there you go.
— Dana DeArmond (@danadearmond) December 19, 2017
TJ Miller has strongly denied the accusations in a joint statement with his wife, Kate Gorney, on Instagram. They claim that Sarah “was asked to leave our university comedy group because of worrisome and disturbing behavior” and alleged that she was fixated on their relationship. “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, but also on the real facts of the matter,” reads the statement.