"We are unable to comment on Jay Asher's relationship with SCBWI because we have had no involvement with or knowledge of our author's history with this organization", reads the statement from Penguin Young Readers, which now has no plans for new books by Asher. "During the past decade of harassment related to these affairs, I have never once retaliated".
For his part, the author Jay Asher has taken to respond to these accusations, for BuzzFeed: "It is very scary when you know that people will not believe you when you open the mouth".
He was reportedly banned from the organization a year ago but the news came to light just recently with the rise of the #MeToo movement.
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Asher told BuzzFeed News today that he left the organization voluntarily and had been "thrown under the bus" by the allegations.
Oliver shared a statement on the society's Facebook page Saturday, saying the organization is working to develop a detailed policy regarding sexual harassment, a code of conduct for conferences, an "explicit reporting system for offenses and an appropriate list of consequences for offenders".
Thirteen Reasons Why was Asher's first book. The SCBWI reportedly received a number of anonymous complaints about Asher by email but the group didn't provide details about the nature of those complaints. "I love the organisation, but they didn't decide to push me out". While Asher declined to speak directly with New Times, his spokesperson, Tamara Taylor, said that Asher was not banned from the SCBWI and is a current member of the organization.
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The statement adds that Asher is still a member of good standing within the S.C.B.W.I., and that there "was no allegation, investigation, or finding of sexual harassment" by the group. "I feel in conflict because what is happening in culture and what is supposed to be believed and is not." . More than one commenter on SJW confirmed Asher as the anonymous man she had named in a Medium piece the previous week. The streaming network says the new season "not be impacted". Netflix adapted the novel into a TV series past year; the series proved to be both buzzy and highly controversial due to its depiction of suicide. "Mr. Asher speaks around the country about mental health and treating people with respect and kindness, yet continues to regularly destroy the mental health of many women, and he has taken advantage of women who are themselves depressed".
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