Thirteen Reasons Why author expelled from writers group over sex harassment allegations

Thirteen Reasons Why author expelled from writers group over sex harassment allegations

Amid a wave of swirling sexual harassment controversies gaining attention as part of the Me Too movement, best-selling author Jay Asher, a resident of San Luis Obispo, was ousted from a prominent writers' organization.

Sexual harassment allegations against Jay Asher, the famous author of the best-selling young adult novel 13 Reasons Why, are coming to light after it became public that the author was expelled from from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators a year ago for violating its harassment code.

Asher's debut novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, tells the story of Hannah Baker, a high-school student who commits suicide and leaves behind 13 tapes explaining why she chose to take her own life. Asher's name was frequently mentioned, as was award-winning illustrator David Diaz.

Asher and another author were banned from the group based on these allegations, though no specific details have been released.

According to Buzzfeed News, the decision was made after an investigation was launched into numerous anonymous allegations of misconduct against Asher a year ago.

While Oliver says the organization received anonymous complaints via email, Asher claims SCBWI told him "the emails showed nothing".

Asher told BuzzFeed News today that he left the organization voluntarily and had been "thrown under the bus" by the allegations.

The San Luis Obispo native is best known for his novel Thirteen Reasons Why, which inspired a Netflix series.

'Claims against them were investigated and, as a result, they are no longer members and neither will be appearing at any SCBWI events in the future'.

Now, the show is making headlines again, but this time, it's for the sexual harassment claims being made against author Jay Asher. He admitted that he was afraid to comment on the situation because he didn't know who is going to believe him.

In a statement to The Tribune, Asher, who is married, said he has had affairs with consenting adults in the past, though he said those ended several years ago. "And I just could not deal with it any more".

Mashable has reached out to Netflix for comment about Asher's role in Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why.

Netflix is planning to bring "Thirteen Reasons Why" back in 2018, but hasn't set a date. A Netflix spokesperson gave V.F. the following statement by email: "Jay Asher was not involved in the second season of 13 Reasons Why". The upcoming season will not be impacted in any way'. Following Oliver's statement, the Oklahoma Writers' Federation also told the AP that they had canceled a scheduled appearance by Asher.

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