Writer Warren Ellis has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct following similar accusations against artist Cameron Stewart. Publisher Katie West detailed his conduct in a now-deleted Twitter thread, and since then, over 50 women have shared their stories of Ellis grooming, coercing, collecting, and using young women.
After days of silence, Ellis responded with a tweet containing a series of screenshots of text:
— Wᴀʀʀᴇɴ Eʟʟɪs (@warrenellis) June 19, 2020
“Recent statements have been made about me that need to be addressed. I have never considered myself famous or powerful,” Ellis wrote to his 492,300 followers. “It had never really occurred to me that other people didn’t see it the same way — that I was not engaging as an equal when gifted with attention, but acting from a position of power and privilege. I did not take that into account in a number of my personal interactions and this was a mistake and I own it.”
He went on to say, “I hurt people deeply. I am ashamed for these mistakes and I am profoundly sorry … I have sought to make amends with people, as I have been made aware of my transgressions, and will continue to do so.”
As of this writing, no disciplinary action has been taken against Ellis. He is currently writing The Batman’s Grave for DC Comics.