umors of sexual misconduct have followed comedian and actor T.J. Miller throughout his career. The Silicon Valley and Emoji Movie star has always been loud, brash, and confrontational, and now he's officially been accused of sexual assault and punching a woman during an incident that happened when he was in college, according to a report from The Daily Beast.
The alleged incidents occurred when Miller and his accuser were students at George Washington University in 2001.
The accuser, who has remained anonymous, told The Daily Beast that she’s coming forward now “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 says it has corroborated details of her story with five GW peers, some of whom say they were in the house where the incidents occurred.
The accuser and Miller started a relationship, but a few months in, the first incident occurred. She has a memory that as Miller and she began “fooling around,” he started “shaking” her violently and punched her in the mouth during sex. Though she admits that there are parts of the incident she doesn’t remember, that part of the night remains distinct in her memory.
She woke up the next morning with a fractured tooth and bloody lip. Miller told her she’d fallen down drunkenly the night before.
"I couldn't bring myself [at the time] to believe this had happened," she said. "It was me not wanting it to be true."
She still believed she could trust Miller after that first incident. Soon after, they met at a college part and went back to her apartment together.
They began engaging in consensual sex, but then Miller turned violent for a second time.
“We started to fool around, and very early in that, he put his hands around my throat and closed them, and I couldn’t breathe,” she told The Daily Beast. “I was genuinely terrified and completely surprised.”
"I understand now that this is for some people a kink, and I continue to believe it is [something] that should be entered into by consenting parties," she added.
“But, as someone who had only begun having sexual encounters, like, about three months earlier, I had no awareness this was a kink, and I had certainly not entered into any agreement that I would be choked.
“I was fully paralyzed,” she said.
But that’s not where it ends…