One of the former stars of the HBO comedy series “Silicon Valley” is denying an allegation that he punched and sexually assaulted a woman while in college. Allegations against T.J. Miller, 36, who played entrepreneur Erlich Bachman on the series, were published this morning by The Daily Beast.
“The accusations were eventually addressed by a student court at George Washington University and have been buzzed about in Hollywood and stand-up circles for years,” the story reports.
The report quotes the unnamed woman saying of Miller: “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 report adds: “Miller’s alleged victim, who asked to remain anonymous, said she is coming forward now in part because of the societal awakening to issues of sexual assault and harassment that has come in the aftermath of misconduct allegations that have rocked the entertainment industry. The Daily Beast is withholding her identity because of her fears of retribution.”
USA Today reports that Miller and his wife of two years, Kate, denied the allegations in a statement, writing: “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.”