Posted on January 25, 2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The author of the young-adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why, now a popular Netflix show, has filed a defamation lawsuit over sexual-harassment allegations.

Jay Asher is suing the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and its executive director, which he says didn’t properly investigate the claims of sexual harassment — which he denies — and defamed him by announcing that he violated its anti-harassment policy.

The claims of harassment surfaced in April 2017, and the issue came to a head in February 2018, when the SCBWI director told The Associated Press that that the organization had broken with Asher, a fact he also disputes.

Read more about the lawsuit and the events leading up to it in the New York Times.

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