Jay Asher, author of the best-selling novel “13 Reasons Why,” has been expelled from The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators after sexual harassment allegations came to light.
The executive director of the writers organization, Lin Oliver, revealed to the Associated Press this Monday (Feb. 12th), that Jay had infringed the society’s harassment code. The news came to light due to the rise of the #MeToo movement, since he was banned from the organization last year.
“Both Jay Asher and David Diaz were found to have violated the SCBWI code of conduct in regard to harassment,” Oliver divulged 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 is known for the best-selling novel “13 Reasons Why” as well as “The Future Of Us“, while Diaz is known for working on many books, including “Me,” “Frida” and “The Little Scarecrow Boy.”
While the publishers of either authors commented on the allegations, Jay told Buzzfeed News that he had left voluntarily and felt he was being thrown under the bus. “It’s very scary when you know people are just not going to believe you once you open your mouth,” he said.
“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.”
Meanwhile, the second season of Netflix’s adaptation of “13 Reasons Why” will remain on its course. “Jay Asher was not involved in the second season of 13 Reasons Why,” a Netflix spokesperson revealed. “The upcoming season will not be impacted in any way.“