‘The Sandman’ Creator Neil Gaiman Accused Of Sexual Misconduct, Denies Allegations As New Zealand Police Continue To Investigate

Shocking fans across the globe, The Sandman and Good Omens author Neil Gaiman has been accused of sexual assault by two women.

At current he denies the allegations, but the New Zealand police have confirmed that they are looking into them.

Neil Gaiman on the set of The Sandman (2022), Netflix
Neil Gaiman on the set of The Sandman (2022), Netflix

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Who is Neil Gaiman?

Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman was born on November 10th, 1960, in Portchester, England. His father, David Gaiman, worked in the family’s chain of grocery stores, while his mother, Sheila Gaiman, was a pharmacist serving the local area.

Neil wasn’t an only child, he grew up with two younger sisters. Gaiman was raised in a Jewish family; and says that his religious upbringing, the values there, as well as an extensive library of world class classics such as works by C.W. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Edgar Allen Poe colored his own creative works.

As an adult Gaiman. has made it clear that he is nonreligious and instead takes life in the dosages that it arrives.

Neil Gaiman's 'Death'  holds a bouquet of dead flowers atop a chilling background full of skulls on     David Finch, Matt Banning, and Peter Steigerwald's cover to  Action Comics Vol. 1 #894 "The Black Ring, Part Five" (2010), DC
Neil Gaiman’s ‘Death’ holds a bouquet of dead flowers atop a chilling background full of skulls on David Finch, Matt Banning, and Peter Steigerwald’s cover to Action Comics Vol. 1 #894 “The Black Ring, Part Five” (2010), DC

Gaiman’s first published work of writing appeared in Imagine Magazine #14 in 1984. The story was titled ‘Fatherquest’ and it was the first of the stories he contributed to the magazine. These stories eventually paved the way for his later success in novels and comics.

The author would break into the American comic book industry with the return of Black Orchid. Just one year later, he’d launch the property he is most well known among comic fans for – The Sandman.

The book changed the landscape of storytelling in sequential art, with the all-at-once interpersonal drama relaying what it was like to exist within the “in-between hours” as a celestial being.

Death (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) accompanies Dream (Tom Sturridge) on his next mission in The Sandman Season 1 Episode 6 "The Sound of her Wings" (2022), Netflix
Death (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) accompanies Dream (Tom Sturridge) on his next mission in The Sandman Season 1 Episode 6 “The Sound of her Wings” (2022), Netflix

The Allegations

Before we begin, it should be noted that there is no documented history of sexual abuse surrounding Neil Gaiman before the accusations made this year.

Gaiman has publicly supported various initiatives and campaigns aimed at helping victims of sexual assault and helping them find legal justice. His works touched on themes related to trauma and abuse. Further, his stories often feature characters who have faced significant hardships, including abuse, and he portrays their struggles with sensitivity and depth.

That said, according to Tortoise Media, the acclaimed author has been accused of sexual assault by two women. One woman, Scarlett, alleges an incident in 2022 in New Zealand, while another, identified as K., claims an incident from 2005.

These are their allegations:

Neil Gaiman on the set of The Sandman (2022), Netflix
Neil Gaiman on the set of The Sandman (2022), Netflix

Alias: Scarlet

A 23-year old former nanny to Gaiman’s children, Scarlet says that the author assaulted her just a few hours after she had met him and introduced herself as the then-new caretaker of his children. This event is alleged to have happened in Gaiman’s bathtub at his New Zealand residence.

According to Scarlet, as backed up by interviews with her friends and families, what started as a consensual relationship between the two eventually transformed into one filled with rough and degrading sex.

Alias: K

Meanwhile, K. claims that after meeting Gaiman in Sarasota, Florida in 2003 when she was 18-years old, the two proceeded to exchange private messages.

Per K, a romantic relationship began between the two when she turned 20, at which point Gaiman was somewhere near the age of 45.

During this time, the woman claims she was forced to endure painful sex that she neither consented to nor enjoyed. She explains that in once instance, Gaiman ignored the fact she had a painful sex related infection and proceeded to force penetrative sex on her.

Dream introduces himself to Batmanin Dark Knights - Metal Vol. 1 #1 (2017), DC. Words by Scott Snyder, art by Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, FCO Plascencia, and Steve Wands.
Dream introduces himself to Batmanin Dark Knights – Metal Vol. 1 #1 (2017), DC. Words by Scott Snyder, art by Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, FCO Plascencia, and Steve Wands.

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In response to Scarlet’s allegations, Gaiman admits that while the pair did intimately engage in the bathtub of his New Zealand home, the only activities they engaged in were “cuddling” and “making out”, all of which he says was consensual.

He further contends that while a three-week sexual relationship followed, it only ever escalated to ‘digital penetration’ (the legal term commonly applied to the act of inserting a finger inside of a human orifice).

Death (Tom Sturridge) comes face to face with Lucifer (Gwendolyn Christie) in The Sandman Season 1 Episode 4 "A Hope in Hell" (2022), Netflix
Death (Tom Sturridge) comes face to face with Lucifer (Gwendolyn Christie) in The Sandman Season 1 Episode 4 “A Hope in Hell” (2022), Netflix

As for K., Gaiman has stated that he is horrified by her claims, however he denies any wrongdoing or forced sexual behavior.

He also believes that the statements made by K could be coming from the perspective of a scorned lover, as he believes the woman may have some regrets over their intimate interactions.

Gaiman also theorizes that Scarlet, the nanny, may be suffering from false memories that she created in associated with her service to his family.

Notably, Gaiman’s speculations are not backed up by Tortoise Media‘s reporting.

Neil Gaiman answers questions from Twitter for Wired (2023)
Neil Gaiman answers questions from Twitter for Wired (2023)

At current, no legal action has been taken against Gaiman.

However, the New Zealand police have confirmed to Tortoise Media that they have made a “number of attempts to speak to key people as part of this investigation and those efforts remain ongoing”, adding that there are “a number of factors to take into consideration with this case, including location of all parties”.

Love Belongs To Desire, And Desire Is Always Cruel– Dream (The Sandman, 1988)

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