T.J. Miller Responds to Allegations That He Sexually Assaulted a Woman

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T.J. Miller is responding to claims that he sexually assaulted and punched a woman when he was a student at George Washington University.

The 36-year-old actor's accuser, who wishes to remain anonymous, spoke to The Daily Beast about an incident she claims occurred 15 years ago. “He just tried a lot of things without asking me, and at no point asked me if I was all right,” the woman says. “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.”

She also alleges that while "fooling around" with Miller, he started "violently" shaking her and then punched her in the mouth. The woman claims she awoke with a swollen lip and a fractured tooth.

According to the website, the allegations against Miller were addressed by the university's student court at the time.

On Tuesday, the former Silicon Valley star and his wife, Kate Gorney, posted a somber photo of them hugging, along with a lengthy statement where Miller denies the allegations, further claiming that his accuser has been trying to discredit him and his spouse for "over a decade."

"She was asked to leave our university comedy group because of worrisome and disturbing behavior, which angered her immensely," the statement reads. "She then became fixated on our relationship, and began telling people around campus 'I’m going to destroy them' and 'I’m going to ruin him.'"

Miller goes on to allege that the woman "began again to circulate rumors online" once his relationship with his wife became public. "Sadly she is now using the current climate to bandwagon and launch these false accusations again,” Miller writes, referencing the numerous women who have come forward this year with stories of sexual harassment and assault. “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."

Kate & T.J. Miller’s statement: 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, but also on the real facts of the matter. (See the e-mails referenced). 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. - Kate & T.J. Miller

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The statement continues, "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."

While Miller vehemently denies the woman's allegations, several people spoke with the Daily Beast in an effort to corroborate her story, including her roommate at the time, Katie Duffy, who says she testified on her behalf in student court. She claims that at the time that the incident allegedly took place, she heard loud noises from the woman's room which prompted her to knock on the door and check up on her roommate.

"She did indicate she was OK. Whatever response she gave, we felt we didn’t have to intervene further, at least at the time," Duffy says. "Looking back, I wish we had done more to intervene, but we didn’t know what was going on."

Duffy also alleges that the next day, the woman's physical appearance was concerning. "She looked like she had been through a rough night—I recall seeing bruises,” she notes. “One roommate asked if she wanted to go to the police. Others offered to take her to the hospital, given how she looked.”

In a recent interview with ET prior to these allegations being made public, Miller talked about the multiple men and women in Hollywood who have claimed to be victims of sexual misconduct. 

"There needs to be a shift in culture," he conceded. "It's good [that abuses are coming to light] but it's also dampening everybody's spirit because it's just, like, more and more horribleness."

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