Sherman Alexie, a prominent American author in the USA, wrote an official apology on Wednesday following the allegations of sexual misconduct against him. In a statement released to The Seattle Times on Wednesday evening, Alexie said he was “deeply sorry” for hurting people throughout the years, especially those he loves most deeply.
Alexie said, “to those whom I have hurt, I genuinely apologize, I’m so sorry.” Reportedly, the allegations against the author have been vague since the start including things like unwanted sexual advances as well as threats to his fellow American Indians.
They first appeared publicly in an anonymous post in the January School Library Journal which detailed sexual harassment in the industry.
According to reports, the article didn’t mention him directly, but there were several anonymous accusations in the comment’s section which then turned into the scandal as we know it today. In his defense, Alexie said he didn’t have any recollection of threatening anybody verbally or physically ever, nor their careers.
Hey, folks, I'm leaving Twitter because its negatives increasingly outweigh its positives. Thank you for the follows.
— Sherman Alexie (@Sherman_Alexie) January 1, 2017
Litsa Dremousis, a fellow author, said she had known about the charges for several months before they exploded in the mainstream media.
She wrote that “by (her) count,” over twenty women are accusing him of varying levels of misconduct. Dremousis stated she and Alexie were in a relationship while he was married.
Furthermore, there are accusations against men including James Dashner, the author of Maze Runner, as well as the writer for Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher.
Following the revelation of their alleged transgressions, their publishers dropped them including Penguin Random House. As a result of the charges against Alexie, online expressions of remorse have been the norm from people who feel “disillusionment” because of his status as a respected literary figure.
Last week, the Duende District, a bookstore based in Washington DC, said they would no longer sell Sherman’s books because of the claims. They stated they had known of them for months.