The writer of “Thirteen Reasons Why,” the heavy drama about teen suicide that became a must-see series on Netflix for many older teens and young adults, has been accused of sexual harassment.
Author Jay Asher, who wrote the 2007 novel, “has been expelled from a writers organization over allegations of sexual harassment,” reports Bruce Haring at Deadline.com.
Haring reports: “The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators said Monday that Asher had violated the society’s harassment code, but didn’t provide further details. The ban occurred last year but just came to light.”
The article notes that Asher told BuzzFeed News “that he left the organization voluntarily and had been ‘thrown under the bus’ by the allegations. ‘It’s very scary when you know people are just not going to believe you once you open your mouth,’ he said. ‘I feel very conflicted about it just because of what’s going on in the culture and who’s supposed to be believed and who’s not.’”
BuzzFeed adds: “Asher’s ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ tells the story of a fictional high schooler, Hannah Baker, who kills herself after being sexually harassed and sexually assaulted by her classmates.”