HBO is keeping it simple in its response to the sexual misconduct accusations against former “Silicon Valley” star TJ Miller.
“There were no reports of sexual misconduct during T.J. Miller’s time working at HBO,” the network said.
That is all the network said.
In a Daily Beast article published Tuesday, Miller’s unnamed accuser said that she and Miller attended George Washington University and fell into the same comedy troupe, where they struck up a relationship.
The accuser said the first encounter took place in 2001, recalling that she had “a lot to drink” and admitting that there are “parts of [the incident] I don’t remember.” The accuser said she remembered that she and Miller were “fooling around” at her apartment when he began “shaking me violently” and punched her in the mouth during intercourse. The accuser said she suffered a fractured tooth and a bloodied lip.
Miller and his wife denied the accusation in a statement Tuesday, saying that the accuser was lying to “wreak havoc” on them.
“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,” the Millers’ statement read. “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.”
The statement added that “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).”
Jennifer Maas contributed to this story.