The author of the popular novel-turned-Netflix series “Thirteen Reasons Why” was expelled from a prominent children’s writing organization
over claims of sexual harassment.
Jay Asher was removed from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators last year, but the news came to light on Monday after an article published in the
School Library Journal that provided an overview of sexual harassment in the children’s publishing
Lin Oliver, the executive director of the Society, told the Associated Press that he had violated the
harassment code in place by the organization.
“Both Jay Asher and David Diaz were found to have violated the SCBWI code of conduct in regard to harassment,” Oliver wrote in an email. “Claims against them were investigated and, as a result, they are no longer members and neither will be appearing at any SCBWI events in the future.”
Asher denied being pushed out of SCBWI and said he left on his own accord.
“Thirteen Reasons Why” was published in 2007. It follows high school student Hannah Baker who commits suicide and leaves behind 13 tapes for her classmates to decipher. It became a No. 1 New York Times best-seller and has received backlash for its portrayal of suicide.
It later inspired the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” which debuted on the streaming service last year and was executive produced by Selena Gomez.
WATCH GET OUT FOR FREE
“Get Out” is getting back in.
Jordan Peele’s Oscar-nominated movie will return to select AMC theaters on President’s Day — for no charge.
The Feb. 19 freebie comes almost exactly a year after the movie was first released.
AMC will air “Get Out” for free in 55 theaters. Tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis, one per person.
The 2017 horror film, which stars Daniel Kaluuya, Alison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root and Catherine Keener, earned four Academy Award
nominations and two Globe nominations.
Made for less than $5 million, “Get Out” earned more than $250 million in the box office worldwide.
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