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Neil Gaiman Assault Allegations

Updated Jul 05, 2024 at 12:05PM EDT by sakshi.

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Overview

Neil Gaiman Assault Allegations refers to accusations of sexual assault levied by two women against English author and writer Neil Gaiman in early July 2024. The allegations, issued by a former nanny (a 23-year-old named Scarlett) and by a fan (named only as K) who first met him in 2003 at a book signing event in Florida when she was 18, were reported exclusively via a four-part podcast series by Tortoise Media. The controversy prompted discussions as well as skepticism online, with some internet users questioning the ethics of reporting on something as serious as an assault by promoting a true crime podcast. Following the claims surfacing online, Gaiman denied them publically.

Background

On July 3rd, 2024, news podcast Tortoise made a post on X / Twitter[1] about its new series, called "Master," which revolves around allegations of sexual assault levied against Neil Gaiman. The post announces that Tortoise News will be covering the story in a four-part podcast series featuring claims from two women who allege that Gaiman sexually assaulted them in 2005 and 2022.[7]


The accusations were also covered in an article posted by Tortoise News, however, the piece does not delve into the specifics of the Whatsapp chats and alleged evidence involved in the case.[2]


Slow News Tortoise. Master: The allegations against Neil Gaiman - episode 1 Episode one: The bath Tortoise Media 3 July 2024 56 mins Neil Gaiman is one of the world's most successful authors. And one of the most loved. His works have been adapted for film, TV and the stage. Now two women, a former nanny and a fan, allege he sexually assaulted and abused them while they were in consensual relationships with him. He strenuously denies all the allegations. Slow News Master: The allegations against Neil Gaiman - episode 2 Jul 02 2024 • 49 mins Tortoise. Episode two: The Whatsapps The former nanny who alleges Neil Gaiman sexually assaulted her shares her WhatsApp messages with him. The messages appear friendly and affectionate. He says they're evidence that she consented to sex with him. But is there another way of reading them?
Slow News Master: The allegations against Neil Gaiman - episode 3 Jul 02 2024 • 35 mins Tortoise. Episode three: The pond New Zealand police tell the former nanny there isn't enough evidence to actively pursue her sexual assault complaint against Neil Gaiman. He says he offered himself up for an interview with the police. But the facts may indicate otherwise. Slow News Master: The allegations against Neil Gaiman - episode 4 Jul 02 2024 • 42 mins Tortoise. Episode four: The fan The second woman to allege Neil Gaiman sexually assaulted her first met him as an 18-year-old fan. They began a consensual sexual relationship two years later. She alleges he was abusive and once penetrated her without her consent. He strenuously denies any unlawful behaviour and maintains all their sex was consensual.

Online Reactions

Various X users reacted to the news as it emerged in early July 2024, with user @BenoitBlancFan[3] writing, "Bro is 63 and just admitted to having sex with an 18-year-old fan there's no way that it wasn't at the very least a major power imbalance," and gathering over 28,000 likes in July 3rd, 2024 (seen below, left). It's important to note, however, that the podcast alleges that Gaiman's relationship with the fan began when she was 20, not 18.

Also on July 3rd, X[4] user @bordigay posted screenshots from Tortoise News's article, writing, "the neil gaiman allegations are disgusting." The post gathered over 13,000 likes in a day (seen below, right).


Benoit Blanc Enjoyer @BenoitBlancFan Bro is 63 and just admitted to having sex with an 18 year old fan there's no way that it wasn't at the very least a major power imbalance. 4 DiscussingFilm @DiscussingFilm • 10h Neil Gaiman has been accused of sexual assault by 2 different women. One allegation is by a former nanny accusing him of sexual assault and the other allegation is from a 18-year old fan accusing him of "rough and painful sex that she neither wanted nor enjoyed."... Show more 2:17 PM Jul 3, 2024 1.4M Views nirv @bordigay the neil gaiman allegations are disgusting The allegations span two decades and concern young women who came into contact with Gaiman - the 63 year-old bestselling author of The Sandman, Good Omens, and American Gods - as a nanny to his child and as a fan of his writing. romantic relationship with him when she turned 20, and Gaiman was in his mid-40s, but alleges that she submitted to rough and painful sex that "she neither wanted nor enjoyed." In one incident she alleges Gaiman penetrated her despite her asking him not to as she was suffering from a painful infection. 11:24 AM • Jul 3, 2024 1.2M Views Follow . a bath at his New Zealand residence, where she worked as a nanny to his child. Tortoise understands that Gaiman's account is that they only "cuddled" and "made out" in the bath and that he had established consent for this. His position is that, over the Tortoise understands that he believes K's allegations are motivated by her regret over their relationship and that Scarlett was suffering from a condition associated with false memories at the time of her relationship with him, a claim which is not supported by her medical records and medical history.

However, various internet users also questioned the ethics of reporting on sexual allegations in the form of a four-part exclusive and paywalled podcast series that lacks any direct quotes from Gaiman.

For example, on July 3rd, 2024, X[5] user @sapphyreblayze wrote, "I wanna say two things. Firstly, those Neil Gaiman allegations are horrifying, and my heart goes out to the women affected. Secondly, using such serious allegations to promote your tacky true crime podcast is exploitative and disgusting" (seen below, top). The post received over 3.7 million views and 53,000 likes in two days.

X[6] user @JeffandWill made a similar post also on July 3rd, saying that the allegations must be taken seriously, but that tying such an investigation to a podcast series is unethical (seen below, bottom). Their post received over 235,000 views and 4,800 likes in a similar timeframe.


aimée C @sapphyreblayze Follow I wanna say two things. Firstly, those Neil Gaiman allegations are horrifying, and my heart goes out to the women affected. Secondly, using such serious allegations to promote your tacky true crime podcast is exploitative and disgusting. 2:37 PM ⚫ Jul 3, 2024 1.8M Views •
Bill Maher's Hairline @JeffandWill Three things can be true 1) Neil Gaiman's accusers should be listened to ... 2) Tying a podcast into sexual allegations is absolutely f------ disgusting and an indictment of everything wrong with the true crime podcast world today 3) Age gaps for adults are icky but STILL not illegal 3:57 PM ⚫ Jul 3, 2024 · 105.2K Views

Neil Gaiman's Response

Later on July 3rd, 2024, after Tortoise Media released the podcast and the allegations, Neil Gaiman denied the sexual assault accusations made by the two women. According to reports, Gaiman said he and Scarlett "made out" and "cuddled" in a bath but that it was consensual between the two. He also claimed that they only engaged in "digital penetration."[8] Regarding the woman who went by "K," Gaiman stated that he was "disturbed" by the accusations but denied them.[9]

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Rarto
Rarto

Prepare for the incoming rain of:
-I never actually liked his works
-He was not the reason X Historie is good is actually X person input
-His books werent really that good
-If you ever at some point in time buyed a book youre supporting sexual assault!
-We should boycott the Sandman Show

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Geigh Science
Geigh Science

"Bro is 63 and just admitted to having sex with an 18-year-old fan there's no way that it wasn't at the very least a major power imbalance,"

Power imbalance? What is this Dragonball Z shit? Humans don't have fucking power levels. And 18 is widely recognized as being the age of consent. Sleazy age gap? Sure, absolutely- not something I'd be comfortable with. Also none of my fucking business. But just don't give me this absolute bullshit about "Power imbalance" he's a fucking old-ass writer and she's in the prime of her life. On just about every level we could conceive of "power" it would be something she has rather than him.

Consider the very strong possibility that she slept with him for clout and the bragging rights of bagging someone famous, then realized that she could get even more attention by revoking consent after the fact and playing it off as sexual assault. In many ways we live in an economy of victimhood and people want to win the suffering olympics. I'm just really tired of having my empathy demanded and weaponized against me in this exact way time and time again.

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