'Maze Runner' Publisher Cuts Ties With James Dashner Amid Misconduct Claims

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Three Penguin Random House imprints issued a statement Thursday night saying the publisher would "not be publishing any future books by James Dashner."

The publisher of James Dashner, who faces allegations of sexual misconduct, is parting ways with the author. Three Penguin Random House imprints issued a statement Thursday night saying the publisher would "not be publishing any future books by James Dashner."

One of the country's most popular writers for young people, Dashner is known not just for the million-selling Maze Runner series, but for The Mortality Doctrine and The 13th Reality books. Penguin Random House did not immediately offer comment on whether a novel for adults announced last year, The Waking, would still be released. The latest movie adaptation of the Maze Runner novels, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, came out last month.

Earlier Thursday, Dashner tweeted an extended apology for his behavior.

"I've taken the past few days for introspection, to see if I've been part of the problem. I think that I have," he wrote Thursday. "I didn't honor or fully understand boundaries and power dynamics. I can sincerely say that I have never intentionally hurt another person. But to those affected, I am deeply sorry. I am taking any and all criticisms and accusations very seriously, and I will seek counseling and guidance to address them."

Dashner, Thirteen Reasons Why writer Jay Asher and other popular authors for young people were cited repeatedly in a recent comments thread on sexual misconduct on the website of the School Library Journal. Both Dashner and Asher have been dropped by their agents. Asher has disputed the misconduct allegations, but acknowledged having extramarital affairs.