Karen Belz
Updated Dec 19, 2017 @ 2:36 pm

On December 19th, news broke that Silicon Valley actor T.J. Miller has been accused of sexual assault. The victim, who has asked to remain anonymous, said the incident took place in 2001 while the two attended George Washington University.

Warning: The following contains graphic descriptions of assault that may serve as a trigger to some readers.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, the accuser — who is referred to as “Sarah” throughout the piece — stated that she was in a brief relationship with Miller, and that he physically abused her and refused to ask for her consent before and during sexual encounters.

Sarah detailed two specific incidents to The Daily Beast in which Miller was violent. She stated that Miller once shook her during sex and punched her in the mouth, leaving her with a fractured tooth and bloody lip that Miller tried to convince her happened when she drunkenly fell down.

The Daily Beast spoke to Sarah’s then-housemates, who confirmed that she came home with bruises after a night with Miller. One, named Katie Duffy, said:

A year after the incidents took place, Sarah said she felt ready to confide in the police at George Washington University, and met with the student court. She asked her past housemates to testify on her behalf, and Miller attended the court date with a lawyer present.

Both Miller and his wife, Kate Gorney, have denied the accusations, issuing a statement that said:

Their statement continued,

Meanwhile, Sarah and her former housemates aren’t the only people to go on record about the incidents. The Daily Beast contacted Matt Lord, Sarah’s ex-boyfriend, who wrote the following:

A comedian named Lauren Ashley Bishop also took to Twitter to say that Miller once threatened her career when she filed a restraining order against one of his friends.

While we of course cant’t know for sure what took place, we do know that discrediting women who come forward with accounts of sexual abuse — as well as questioning their “motives” — is a tactic predators often use to undermine their accusers and to smear them in the court of public opinion. It’s one of the many reasons why rape and sexual assaults are generally underreported to police.

We continue to stand by all the brave women and men who come forward with accounts of abuse.