Comic TJ Miller Pushes Back Against Assault Accusation

He accuses woman of jumping on bandwagon of #MeToo movement
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2017 4:58 PM CST
Comic TJ Miller Pushes Back Against Assault Accusation
FILE - This Dec. 7, 2016 file photo shows T.J. Miller at the Los Angeles premiere of "Office Christmas Party." Los Angeles police say Miller was arrested early Friday, Dec. 9, after a driver accused him of battery. Miller was released on his own recognizance and his arrest will not affect his hosting...   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Comic and Silicon Valley star TJ Miller is the latest celeb accused of sexual assault, but he and his wife have issued a joint statement strongly denying the allegations. The Daily Beast first reported the accusations, made by an anonymous woman who knew Miller from their days at George Washington University more than a decade ago. She claims Miller assaulted her in two separate incidents: In the first, she says he punched her in the mouth during consensual sex, fracturing a tooth. In the second, she says he forcefully choked her during sex and "anally penetrated me without my consent." On Instagram, Miller denies the claims, which were addressed by a student court at the time, though the school will not divulge the outcome.

“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," writes Miller with his wife, Kate. He adds that he's sure an investigation would clear him. Miller also accuses the woman of "using the current climate to bandwagon and launch these false accusations." Meanwhile, the Hollywood Reporter notes that Comedy Central announced Tuesday it was canceling Miller's animated series, The Gorburger Show, after one season. However, a network rep says the move is not related to the new controversy. (More TJ Miller stories.)

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