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Neil Gaiman Accused of Sexual Assault

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Neil Gaiman Accused of Sexual Assault

Two women, referred to as Scarlett and K, who were 20 and 23 at the time of the alleged events, have accused Neil Gaiman of sexually assaulting them. The allegations were revealed during an exclusive four-part podcast from British outlet Tortoise Media.

K, a fan of Gaiman’s work, met the author at a book event she attended when she was 18 and he was in his mid-40s (he is now 63). They began a relationship a few years later, during which she alleges that he engaged in acts that were non-consensual. Scarlett was 23 when she was hired as a nanny to Gaiman’s child and alleges that he first assaulted her within hours of their meeting in February 2022. Per Tortoise‘s reporting, Gaiman “strongly denies any allegations of non-consensual sex with the women,” attributing K’s accusations to “her regret over their relationship” and Scarlett’s to “a condition associated with false memories at the time of their relationship.” Tortoise notes that the latter “is not supported by [Scarlett’s] medical records and medical history.”

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