Accusations date back to the early 2000s
Former Silicon Valley star TJ Miller has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman and punching her during sex, allegations that he has denied in a statement.
The accusations relate to two separate incidents alleged to have taken place while Miller attended George Washington University in Washington DC during the early 2000s.
Miller’s Comedy Central series The Gorburger Show has since been cancelled by the network. Despite the announcement only being made following the misconduct allegations, Comedy Central told Entertainment Weekly that the decision was made earlier this year.
Miller is accused of hitting and sexually assaulting a fellow student that he started dating in 2001.
“He just tried a lot of things without asking me, and at no point asked me if I was all right,” the woman has told The Daily Beast. “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.”
During the first alleged incident, the woman said that Miller shook her violently and punched her in the mouth during sex. She claims to have woken the following morning with a fractured tooth and a bloodied lip.
Of the second encounter, the woman recalled: “We started to fool around, and very early in that, he put his hands around my throat and closed them, and I couldn’t breathe. 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.”
The woman continued to say that she felt “fully paralysed” by the situation and had been “choking audibly”, leading her housemates to knock on her door to inquire what was happening.
Afterwards, the woman says that Miller “anally penetrated me without my consent” and, at one point, used a beer bottle “to penetrate me without my consent”.
In a joint statement from Miller and his wife Kate, the couple deny the allegations and claim that the accuser “attempted to break us up” in college. “Sadly she is now using the current climate to bandwagon and launch these false accusations again,” they add.
Read their full statement below:
“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 behaviour, 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 rumours 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.”
TJ Miller is best known for his role as Erlich Bachman in the HBO sitcom Silicon Valley. It was announced earlier this year that Miller would not be returning for the show’s fifth season.