Published March 1, 2018
SEATTLE – After the weekend release of an “open letter” that caused a social media frenzy accusing Sherman Alexie, of sexual misconduct and threatening to destroy careers of Native women writers, the award-winning American Indian author released the following statement on Wednesday:
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For Immediate Release
February 28, 2018
Over the years, I have done things that have harmed other people, including those I love most deeply. To those whom I have hurt, I genuinely apologize. I am so sorry.
I reject the accusations, insinuations, and outright falsehoods made by Litsa Dremousis, who has led charges against me. Ms. Dremousis has portrayed herself as simply being a “friend” of mine. She has withheld from the public the fact that she and I had previously been consenting sexual partners.
Our sexual relationship ended in 2015. But Ms. Dremousis has attended most of my public events in Seattle since then. Without my knowledge or permission, Ms. Dremousis delivered food to my house after I cancelled my 2017 book tour due to emotional trauma.
On October 18, 2017, Ms. Dremousis sent my wife an email in which she informed her of our past sexual relationship, noting that all of our interactions had been consensual. Two weeks later, Ms. Dremousis posted something on my wife’s Facebook page that frightened my wife. Since then, Ms. Dremousis has continually tweeted and spoken in public about my behavior, making accusations based on rumors and hearsay and quoting anonymous sources.
There are women telling the truth about my behavior and I have no recollection of physically or verbally threatening anybody or their careers. That would be completely out of character. I have made poor decisions and I am working hard to become a healthier man who makes healthier decisions.
Again, I apologize to the people I have hurt. I am genuinely sorry.