'13 Reasons Why' author reportedly booted from writing organization following harassment claims

'13 Reasons Why' author reportedly booted from writing organization following harassment claims

On Monday, the Associated Press reported that Asher was accused of violating the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' harassment code.

Diaz, who was also on the SCBWI board before the allegations were made, won the prestigious Caldecott medal for illustration for the 1994 book Smoky Night, and has worked on dozens of books, including Me, Frida and The Little Scarecrow Boy.

Asher's publisher Penguin Young Readers told Publisher's Weekly it was "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". The news came to light after the 42-year-old writer received backlash in the wake of a School Library Journal article on sexual harassment in children's publishing.

"I find it freaky and horrifying that nobody has named Jay Asher..."

In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Asher said he left the society on his own accord, denying that he was forced out. Over the weekend of February 11, those comments called out some prominent male young adult authors including Asher and illustrator David Diaz for using SCBWI conferences and events to sexually harass and assault female authors.

"After we investigated, we felt that terminating his membership was the proper course of action", she told the publication.

When there is more news available on 13 Reasons Why season 2, we'll be sure to let you know. "The truth is that I had been harassed by these people for close to 10 years", Asher told Buzzfeed, referencing his anonymous accusers.

"I feel very conflicted about it just because of what's going on in the culture and who's supposed to be believed and who's not ..."

"I understand the predicament they're in with everything going on and to want to protect themselves", Asher said.

"Jay Asher was not involved in the second season of 13 Reasons Why".

Jay Asher and director Tom McCarthy on the set of '13 Reasons Why'.

13 Reasons Why season 2 does not have a premiere date as of yet (the image above is for season 1), though our expectation is that it is going to be coming at some point in the spring or summer.

'The upcoming season will not be impacted in any way'.

Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why became a cultural phenomenon among tweens and teens a year ago when it was adapted by Brian Yorkey for Netflix. Following Oliver's statement, the Oklahoma Writers' Federation also told the AP that they had canceled a scheduled appearance by Asher.

I hope that the allegations against Asher don't diminish the important messages and themes of the story, regarding sexual harassment.

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