Jan. 12--Megan Ganz accepted former boss Dan Harmon's apology this time.
The "Community" showrunner admitted to sexually harassing Ganz, who worked for him on the sitcom, after she called him out on Twitter for his New Year's resolution to become "not an a--hole" in 2018.
Last week, Ganz accused Harmon of sexual harassment on the set of "Community."
"It took me years to believe in my talents again, to trust a boss when he complimented me and not cringe when he asked for my number. I was afraid to be enthusiastic, knowing it might be turned against me later," she tweeted.
"You want relief? So do I. I want to watch the first episode of television I wrote again without remembering what came after. Figure out how to give me that relief and I'll return the favor."
At the time, Harmon apologized for his "selfish, childish s--t" and for "treating (her) like garbage," but Ganz said she wasn't ready to accept his amends.
But a second apology from Harmon, who now runs "Rick and Morty," changed her mind.
"I was attracted to a writer that I had power over because I was a showrunner. I knew enough to know that these feelings were bad news. That was easy enough to know," Harmon said on his "Harmontown" podcast.
"I knew that they ran the risk of undercutting people's faith in my judgement, her faith in her talent, the other writers' respect for me, the entire production, the audience. I knew that I wasn't doing anybody any favors by feeling these things."
Harmon also said he lied to his live-in girlfriend about his attraction to Ganz and accused others of being sexist or jealous when they called his behavior inappropriate.
At one point, he told Ganz that he loved her. She rejected him.
"I drank, I took pills, I crushed on her and resented her for not reciprocating it. And the entire time 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. I said horrible things, just treated her cruelly, pointedly. Things I would've never ever done if she had been male or if I didn't have those feelings for her," Harmon said.
"I lost my job. I ruined my show. I betrayed the audience. I destroyed everything. And I damaged her internal compass. I will never do it again and I should never have done it before but I certainly never would have been able to do it had I had any respect for women."
Ganz responded to Harmon on Twitter to accept his apology.
"It is a masterclass in How to Apologize. 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," she tweeted.
"Yes, I only listened because I expected an apology. But 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."
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