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‘Silicon Valley’ actor Thomas Middleditch accused of sexual misconduct

A report alleges the actor, once a prominent improv performer in Chicago, groped women at a Los Angeles goth club.

Thomas Middleditch on “B Positive.”
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TV actor Thomas Middleditch, once a prominent performer in Chicago’s improv scene, is accused of sexual harassment at a Los Angeles goth nightclub.

A Los Angeles Times report on Sunday alleges owners at Cloak & Dagger looked the other way when employees and clients made charges of sexual misconduct. Among the alleged offenders is Middleditch, a regular on HBO’s “Silicon Valley” who now plays the recipient of a kidney donation on the CBS sitcom “B Positive.”

In the report, club client Hannah Harding describes an encounter in which Middleditch made lewd sexual overtures toward her and her girlfriend and, when rebuffed, continued to pursue her and groped her.

In an Instagram direct message to Harding, seen by the Times, Middleditch said, “Hannah I had no idea my actions were that weird for you ... I know you probably want to just put me on blast as a monster ... I don’t expect you to want to be my friend or anything ... I am so ashamed I made you uncomfortable.”

A representative for Middleditch declined the Times’ request for comment.

Harding said she later saw Middleditch grope another woman at the club, but when she complained, the club’s co-owner told her she must have been mistaken.

The report cites nine other women, including four former employees, as saying sexual misconduct occurred at the Cloak & Dagger and was ignored by its co-founders.

Middleditch, 39, performed with Second City and iO and was a founding member of the acclaimed Improvised Shakespeare Company during his years in Chicago. He was Emmy-nominated for his work as Richard Hendricks on “Silicon Valley.”

Last year his wife, Mollie Gates, filed for divorce. Middleditch had spoken publicly about convincing his wife to begin having an open marriage after they wed in 2015.