New Details Revealed About Sexual Assault Allegations Against Actor T.J. Miller — Including How He Used A Beer Bottle On A Victim

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Miller and his wife, Kate Gorney, posted a statement denying the allegations.

A woman accused Silicon Valley actor T.J. Miller of sexually assaulting her in the early 2000s while they were both attending George Washington University. 

In an interview with The Daily Beast, the woman, whose only been identified as Sarah, said she met the actor when they were both in a comedy troupe at school. They started dating, and during their relationship, Sarah claimed Miller sexually assaulted her and was violent with her multiple times.

“He just tried a lot of things without asking me, and at no point asked me if I was all right,” the woman said. “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.”

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According to Sarah, one time in the fall of 2001 after she and Miller had been dating for a few months, she claimed he "violently" shook her while she was drunk and punched her in the mouth. 

When she woke up with a bloody lip and a fractured tooth, she said Miller told her she had fallen when she was drunk. 

Over the years, Miller had told his friends that Sarah was lying. And in a statement to The Daily Beast, he and his wife denied the allegations and said that they were the victims. 

"[Sarah] began again to circulate rumors online once [my and Kate’s] relationship became public. Sadly she is now using the current climate to bandwagon and launch these false accusations again,” the Millers wrote. “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.”

However, The Daily Beast corroborated Sarah's stories, including two incidents, with five other people and spoke to multiple associates of the both of them. One of them happened after they attended a party together. She said she had no more than two drinks and remembers everything.  

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“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,” Sarah said. “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. 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."

The chocking was so loud, it woke up her roommate. 

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

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After her roommate went away, Sarah said Miller pulled her back into the bed and "more things happened." 

"He anally penetrated me without my consent, which I actually believe at that point I cried out, like, ‘No,’ and he didn’t continue to do that—but he also had a [beer] bottle with him the entire time. He used the bottle at one point to penetrate me without my consent."

Her ex-boyfriend also corroborated her story and said he remembers her engaging in student conduct proceedings about the result and that the hearings took an emotional toll on her. Her roommates at the time remembered seeing bruises on Sarah that next morning after the last assault and hearing "violent thuds" that night. 

Miller has privately joked about his past violence in the comedy world, which other sources confirmed to The Daily Beast. Publicly, he denies the allegations. 

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