Coincidentally or not, we learned Comedy Central had canceled a weekly late-night series, The Gorburger Show with T.J. Miller, on the same day we learned of old accusations of sexual assault and abuse at the hands of Miller, including choking, punching and rape.
The Daily Beast reported on Miller’s treatment of a college girlfriend at George Washington University between 2001-2003, which led to a private hearing in a student court on campus and an undisclosed resolution. “He just tried a lot of things without asking me, and at no point asked me if I was all right,” the woman 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.”
Women in comedy had privately whispered about Miller to each other for years, warning other women to watch themselves around him. The former classmate of Miller’s decided to come forward with her story, albeit still withholding her name, because of the way society has accepted the #MeToo movement.
Other comedians I know and adore have come forward even more publicly since The Daily Beast‘s publication.
TJ called the night before my restraining order hearing with my abusive stalking ex who was his buddy. he threatened to destroy my career if i went through with it. i won the restraining order anyway. i know this girl. believe her. https://t.co/1GkoNAQIGi
— lauren ashley bishop (@sbellelauren) December 19, 2017
THREAD: I used to be afraid of TJ Miller. During our brief May-Aug 2009 dating stint multiple people warned me about him. His behavior. His charming ability to gaslight. How he would black out on whip-its, drugs & alcohol most times all at once to reach this mind-numbing, nirvana
— JC Coccoli (@JCcoccoli) December 20, 2017
Miller, for his part, has run afoul of the law multiple times, including an arrest last December for getting into it with an Uber driver, two days before he hosted the Critics Choice Awards. Earlier this year, HBO’s Silicon Valley parted ways with the actor and comedian, who often boasted that his best credit was starring in the Yogi Bear movie in 2010, until he swapped that for his role in the similarly-maligned film, The Emoji Movie, this year. He also released an HBO stand-up comedy special in 2017. On or offstage, Miller enjoyed confusing audiences into wondering if he was serious or sincere.
As to the sexual assault allegations, Miller came out Tuesday with a statement written with his wife, Kate, that not only refuted their GW classmate’s story, but also called the whole matter into question.
Either way, the news let us in on Comedy Central’s decision not to move forward with Gorburger, which began as a Funny or Die webseries before hitting TV this year as a late-night talk show spoof with Miller voicing a monster.
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