Neil Gaiman Faces Sexual Assault Allegations

American Gods author accused by two women.

Neil Gaiman, renowned for his works like American Gods and The Sandman, is at the center of serious allegations. Two women have come forward in a four-part podcast by Tortoise Media, accusing the author of engaging in nonconsensual acts.

Allegations Overview

  • Accusations span two decades: Scarlett, 23, and K, who was 18 at the time of the alleged incident, accuse Gaiman of violating their boundaries.
  • Nature of accusations: Both women claim that while they were in otherwise consensual relationships with Gaiman, he forced them into rough and degrading sex.

Scarlett’s Allegations

  • Incident in New Zealand (2022): Scarlett alleges that Gaiman assaulted her shortly after they met. She had been hired as a nanny for his child.
  • Details of the relationship: Gaiman admits to “cuddling” and “making out” with Scarlett, asserting that their interactions were consensual and limited to digital penetration.
  • Contradictions and support: Scarlett’s account, supported by text messages and conversations with friends, alleges rough and degrading penetrative acts during their three-week relationship.

K’s Allegations

  • Initial meeting (2003): K met Gaiman at a book signing in Sarasota, Florida, when she was 18.
  • Subsequent relationship: They began a relationship when K was 20, during which she alleges she experienced painful sex she did not consent to.
  • Specific incident: K claims Gaiman ignored her pleas not to penetrate her during a time she was suffering from a painful infection.

Gaiman’s Response

  • Denial of allegations: Gaiman “strongly denies” any non-consensual acts. He highlights that New Zealand police did not pursue Scarlett’s 2022 complaint, suggesting its lack of substance.
  • Defense against Scarlett’s claims: Gaiman posits that Scarlett may have been experiencing false memories, although this is not supported by her medical records.
  • Reaction to K’s claims: Gaiman expresses disturbance over K’s allegations, suggesting they stem from regret over their relationship.

Support and Resources

If you or someone you know is suffering from sexual abuse, contact the RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.

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