On an episode of his Harmontown podcast, Rick and Morty co-creator and Community creator Dan Harmon admitted to — and apologized for — sexually harassing his former employee, Megan Ganz.
Ganz, who worked as a writer on Community from 2010 to 2013, called out Harmon on Twitter last week for his actions, but she has since accepted the apology, describing it as “a master class in how to apologize.”
“I was attracted to a writer that I had power over because I was a show-runner,” Harmon explained in his podcast. Harmon told how he initially began acting "flirty" and "creepy" with Ganz, but after he broke up with his girlfriend he “went right, full-steam into creeping on my employee.”
After two seasons, Harmon told Ganz he loved her. When she turned him down, Harmon retaliated, describing his subsequent behavior as "probably the darkest of it all."
“I was the one writing her paychecks and in control of whether she stayed or went, and whether she felt good about herself or not, and said horrible things,” he said. “[I] just treated her cruelly, pointedly. Things that I would never, ever, ever have done if she had been male and if I never had those feelings for her."
Ganz responded on Twitter, writing: "He's not rationalizing or justifying or making excuses. He doesn't just vaguely acknowledge some general wrongdoing in the past. He gives a full account.
"What I didn't expect was the relief I'd feel just hearing him say these things actually happened. I didn't dream it. I'm not crazy. Ironic that the only person who could give me that comfort is the one person I'd never ask."
Listen to Harmon's full apology here, starting around the 18-minute, 38-second mark.
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