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Actor-comedian Thomas Middleditch is being accused of sexual misconduct at a now-shuttered Goth nightclub in Los Angeles in 2019.
The Los Angeles Times on Sunday published a report about the Hollywood club Cloak & Dagger in which almost 10 women — including four former staffers — accuse Adam Bravin and Michael Patterson, co-founders of the now-closed club Cloak & Dagger, of turning a blind eye to sexual misconduct among members at the club as well as at its many music festivals.
Among the accusations are those against Middleditch, who broke out with his role on HBO’s Silicon Valley and now stars on CBS’ freshman comedy B Positive.
In the report, Hannah Harding details the alleged incident at the “LGBTQ-friendly, members-only club,” at which a typical night featured “experimental artists perform[ing] eerie, sexually charged ceremonies each week in the back rooms of the Pig ‘N Whistle bar,” according to the L.A. Times.
On the night of Oct. 22, 2019, Harding says, Middleditch approached her on the dance floor and made what the Times described as “lewd sexual overtures” toward her and her girlfriend. After she turned him down, he “kept pursuing her, groping her in front of her friends and several employees, including the club’s operations manager, Kate Morgan,” the Times reported.
Morgan told the Times the she asked her bosses, Bravin and Patterson, to kick him out and ban him from the club, but they “dismissed it.”
Meanwhile, Harding showed direct messages from Middleditch on Instagram to the Times in which the actor wrote: “I had no idea my actions were that weird for you. … I am so ashamed I made you uncomfortable.”
Harding also alleged that she saw Middleditch grope another woman in the club after she complained. She says Bravin reached out a week later, but insinuated that she was wrong.
“Adam called me ‘to make sure and get a second opinion on him’ because they didn’t trust my story in the first place. They cared more about famous people at their club than women’s safety,” Harding said.
A representative for Middleditch declined a request for comment to the Times; The Hollywood Reporter also has reached out to the actor’s reps.
For their part, Bravin and Patterson released statements to the Times via email. “As far as I am aware, they reported every incident to us, and to my knowledge, we dealt with every single issue brought to our attention,” Patterson said. Added Bravin: “Our goal from day one was to create the safest space possible.”
Bravin and Patterson announced that their club was closing in January, not long after the Times says it reached out about the allegations.
Middleditch was married to costume designer Mollie Gates at the time of the alleged incident. She filed for divorce last year, citing irreconcilable differences, after four years of marriage. Middleditch previously made headlines for revealing his “nontraditional” relationship with Gates and his interest in swinging, or what he says is now called being “part of the lifestyle.”