Sunday, the LA Times released a report on Hollywood’s Goth nightclub, Cloak & Dagger, which some former club goers say fostered an environment of sexual misconduct and abuse before it closed earlier this year. One of the people named in the room is Silicon Valley Thomas Middleditch; a woman named Hannah Harding claims the actor made “obscene sexual overtures” and groped her at the scene on October 22, 2019, in addition to groping another woman. When the club’s director of operations, Kate Morgan, alerted his co-founders, Adam Bravin and Michael Patterson, and asked them to remove Middleditch from the club, they allegedly “fired” him.
According to Harding, the actor then texted him saying, “I had no idea my actions were so strange to you” and “I’m so ashamed that I made you uncomfortable.” Subsequently, Bravin reportedly contacted Harding to suggest that she was completely wrong about the incident. “Adam called me ‘to be sure and get a second opinion on him’ because they didn’t trust my story in the first place,” she says. “They care more about famous people in their club than about the safety of women.” According to Times, this was not the first complaint staff had made to management about Middleditch’s conduct.
The Times play, which features the tales of ten women, four of whom are former employees, goes on to describe how the “uninhibited, LGBTQ-friendly, members-only club” where “experimental performers perform weird and sexually-oriented ceremonies every week. loaded in the back. Pig ‘N Whistle’ bar rooms are said to have created a culture in which elements that pushed the boundaries of the place were used as an excuse to ignore complaints of harassment or sexual abuse, especially if they were directed against famous people. However, according to the Times, Cloak & Dagger had already kicked famous members, including screenwriter Max Landis, accused of sexual and emotional abuse in 2019, but not at the club.
In another incident, a woman named Elizabeth claims that a “prominent member of Cloak” sexually assaulted her in October 2018. After sharing the incident with a friend, an actress at the club, the couple confronted man, after which the actress was reportedly banned for a month and summoned to a company meeting with the attempted rape of Bravin and Elizabeth. “Michael and Adam were furious with toMorgan said. “They hung her up, apologized to the member, and told him to move on.” Bravin tells the Times, “I spoke with the [accused] member the next day, and he recounted a consensus experience. He would not have contacted Elizabeth on his behalf.
In statements to Times, the club’s co-founders have denied allegations against the site, which announced it was shutting down in January. “As far as I know, they have reported every incident to us and to my knowledge we have addressed every issue that came to our attention,” Patterson said. Bravin said: “Our goal from day one was to create the safest space possible.” A representative for Middleditch declined to comment on the Times about their report.