This story includes graphic content. An alleged victim of former Silicon Valley star T. Miller is coming forward with accusations that Miller hit and sexually assaulted her while in college.
The accusations were eventually addressed by a student court at George Washington University and have been buzzed about in Hollywood and stand-up circles for years.
The Daily Beast is withholding her identity because of her fears of retribution. But for the purposes of this piece, we will call her Sarah.
Miller has told friends over the years that he was wrongfully accused. Instead, they cast themselves as the victims. The Daily Beast has corroborated details of her story—which includes two separate incidents—with five GW contemporaries and spoke to numerous associates of both her and Miller.
Two of the GW contemporaries say they were in the off-campus house where the incidents allegedly occurred. The contemporaries later testified in student court about hearing the sound of violent thuds or seeing bruises on Sarah. Three other contemporaries said they comforted and counseled Sarah in the aftermath of the incidents. Matt Lord was one of them. I had a romantic relationship with [this] woman, who spoke with me about T. Miller, and I continue to believe the statements she made are true.
She was engaged in student conduct proceedings regarding the sexual assault, and I remember the emotional toll that the assault and the subsequent conduct hearings placed on her. Perhaps that is why some female performers and comedy professionals tell The Daily Beast that they have declined to work with Miller, citing a perceived history of abusive behavior. Cheat Sheet A speedy, smart summary of all the news you need to know and nothing you don't.
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They fell in with the same GW comedy troupe, receSs, during which time they struck up a relationship. But months into their relationship, which started in the fall of , Sarah said the first troubling encounter took place. Sarah said that she woke up the following morning with a fractured tooth and a bloodied lip. When she asked Miller about it that morning, he claimed, according to Sarah, that she had simply fallen down drunkenly the past evening. She was unsettled by the incident, but said that she did not know many people in D.
She had lost her virginity to him and, at least for a brief window, he was someone she trusted. It was me not wanting it to be true. She was upset and disappointed and said that she called Miller to confide in him. She had not fully processed the first encounter, she said, and Miller was still someone she believed she could turn to in a time of stress and vulnerability.
They soon met at a college party, and left in a cab to head back to the apartment she had been renting with her roommates. When they arrived back at her home, they began to engage in consensual sex—but then Miller became violent again, Sarah said. 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.
Sarah said she then got up and walked to her door in a robe, and one of her roommates asked if everything was OK. He used the bottle at one point to penetrate me without my consent. The next morning, Sarah said she confided in her roommates about what had happened. One of those housemates, who is currently a Maryland resident and stay-at-home mom who asked not to be named in this story, confirmed as much to The Daily Beast. She did indicate she was OK.
We did what we thought was the right thing at the time. Her physical appearance raised alarm. Others offered to take her to the hospital, given how she looked.
One roommate asked if she wanted to go to the police. Others offered to take her to the hospital. By then, Miller was in his last year at the university. It was so disorienting and so physically traumatic. She was asked if she had ever heard of erotic asphyxiation, and was asked if they had ever discussed the sexual practice, which she had not.
After a trial period that lasted a couple of weeks, Sarah said that the university told her that the issue had been resolved. Sarah said she had lost acquaintances over her allegations, several of whom were her former comedy-troupe cohorts, most of whom ended up supporting Miller. Four of these friends spoke to The Daily Beast, though none agreed to do so on the record. Each of these friends was in the college comedy troupe or matriculating at GW at the time.
A source also produced a set of email exchanges between Miller and someone who dated Sarah later in life. When The Daily Beast first started looking into this story, those close to her said for months that she had expressed no desire to come forward and was actively avoiding media inquiries.
Only weeks after the advent of the MeToo movement did that seem to change. Miller soon left his alma mater and became a star in stand-up comedy. He then began appearing in major Hollywood productions, and landed a starring role on the critically lauded HBO show Silicon Valley.
But despite the lack of public accusations since his time at George Washington, whispers about what happened in his college years followed him. Four female comedians and bookers who spoke to The Daily Beast said that they had heard of the alleged sexual misconduct at GW. Some of these comics had heard about the accusations from Sarah directly, and have since warned women in stand-up comedy about Miller.
But some know about the sexual-assault allegations because Miller talked about them himself when confiding in friends and associates. Four sources in the L. Other times, he would crack jokes about punching a woman he knew in college, two other comics independently told The Daily Beast. Maura Brown, a comedy festival organizer and publicist who used to work in L. Miller is set to appear in several major film projects, including an upcoming movie co-starring Kristen Stewart and another starring Ryan Reynolds.
Sarah, his alleged victim, no longer lives in L.