Following a Los Angeles Times report that the founders of Hollywood goth club Cloak & Dagger ignored allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against staff and regulars, including Silicon Valley lead Thomas Middleditch, actress Alice Wetterlund claims that people familiar with Middleditch should have seen it coming.
In a Sunday tweet, Wetterlund—who appeared in six episodes of the HBO series—wrote, “Tried to warn you all about Middleditch but noooooo not everyone’s favorite tinyman who looks like he lives in a clock!”
Ten women shared their accusations with the Times, saying that co-founders Adam Bravin and Michael Patterson used the club’s air of secrecy—which included oaths of silence, initiation rituals, membership tattoos, and other trappings—to help conceal and dismiss repeated complaints by female staff and guests that Cloak & Dagger events were a hive of sexual misconduct.
Actress Hannah Harding specifically singled out Middleditch, claiming she asked Bravin and Patterson to kick him out and ban him in 2019 after he made “lewd sexual advances” toward her and her girlfriend before groping her and another woman on the “Black Room” dance floor despite her refusing his advances.
“I felt like they dismissed it,” she told the Times. “I told Adam that he needed to listen, that this was not OK.”
Instead of taking action against Middleditch, Harding says, “Adam called me ‘to make sure and get a second opinion on him’ because they didn’t trust my story in the first place. They cared more about famous people at their club than women’s safety.”
Harding also shared Instagram DMs with the Times in which Middleditch allegedly wrote, “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.”
Wetterlund previously called attention to Middleditch’s behavior towards women in September 2019. That month, the actor told Playboy that his then-wife Mollie Gates “has to witness” his “non-traditional” sex life and the Daily Beast reported he had “a penchant for group sex and sleeping with his fans.”
Wetterlund responded on Twitter, saying, “The shocker here for me was that he HAS female fans?!?”
The previous year, after Middleditch discussed sexual assault accusations against Silicon Valley’s T.J. Miller with the A.V. Club, Wetterlund claimed that many men involved in the show were “complicit” in Miller’s behavior.
“I hope to not ruin it for you,” she tweeted, “but TJ Miller was a bully and petulant brat and pretty much everyone who had any power on that (almost all male) set, including the male cast members, enabled him and were complicit in his unprofessionalism. They can fuck off forever.”
In that A.V. Club interview, Middleditch refers to women speaking out about sexual misconduct allegations as a “fervor” and “a little bit scary” for him.
A representative for Middleditch declined a request to comment from the Times.
Cloak & Dagger stopped holding in-person events in March due to the pandemic, and in connection to the Times exposé, co-founders Braven and Patterson say they do not intend to resume.
Braven acknowledged what he termed “unconscionable ignorance” in his behavior and handling of accusations, but partner Patterson insisted it was his understanding that the club did its best to handle any accusation of misconduct that was brought to the attention of management by staff or patrons.
“As far as I am aware,” Patterson said, “they reported every incident to us, and to my knowledge, we dealt with every single issue brought to our attention.”