Dealing with sexual misconduct allegations, James Dashner, the creator of the best-selling Maze Runner sequence of dystopian younger grownup novels, apologized on Twitter Thursday night time, saying he by no means meant to harm anybody.
“I can sincerely say that I’ve by no means deliberately damage one other individual. However to these affected, I’m so deeply sorry,” he wrote. “I’m taking any and all criticism and accusations very severely, and I’ll search counseling and steerage to deal with them.”
Dashner’s agent and writer have minimize ties with him for the reason that allegations had been made.
Dashner additionally wrote that he believes within the #MeToo motion and has tried to reconcile a knee-jerk defensiveness with listening to victims.
“However I even have considered how quite a few ladies now have come ahead as a part of an important motion to guide a dialogue about sexual harassment and discrimination within the publishing business,” he wrote. “I imagine all victims should be heard, and I am dedicated to listening to them.”
A number of nameless individuals have accused Dashner of sexual harassment and misconduct within the feedback part of an article about sexual harassment within the youngsters’s publishing business by the College Library Journal. The character of the allegations is unclear, however the feedback have sparked a widespread dialog about sexual harassment within the business.
Dashner’s agent, Michael Bourret, stated Wednesday he would not symbolize the creator. And his writer Penguin Random Home stated Thursday that it will not publish any of his books.
Kids’s publishing has been rocked by allegations in latest weeks even because it has doled out its most prestigious awards, the John Newbery and Ralph Caldecott medals. Earlier this week, the Society of Kids’s E book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) expelled Jay Asher, creator of 13 Causes Why, after he stated he had had “affairs with consenting adults.” Lin Oliver, government director of the SCBWI, stated Dashner has not been a member since November 2016 when his membership expired.
College Library Journal closed the remark part of the unique article after commenters started combating with and trolling each other. The journal’s government editor wrote that the discussion board was “not conducive to civil dialog” and that it was “past our skill to verify the veracity of feedback.”
Penguin Random Home printed Dashner’s newest novel, Maze Runner: Dying Remedy, final month. The creator had been at work on a novel for adults, The Waking, to even be printed by Penguin Random Home.
Dashner, the SCBWI, and Penguin Random Home didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.