‘Maze Runner’ Author James Dashner ‘Deeply Sorry’ Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT - PREMIUM RATES APPLY Writer James Dashner seen at 20th Century Fox 'Maze Runner' Panel at 2013 Comic-Con, on Thursday, July, 18, 2013 in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for 20th Century Fox/AP Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) — “Maze Runner” author James Dashner, facing allegations of sexual misconduct, says he is “deeply sorry” to those “affected.”

“I’ve taken the past few days for introspection, to see if I’ve been part of the problem. I think that I have,” he tweeted Thursday. “I didn’t honor or fully understand boundaries and power dynamics. I can sincerely say that I have never intentionally hurt another person. But to those affected, I am deeply sorry. I am taking any and all criticisms and accusations very seriously, and I will seek counseling and guidance to address them.”

Maze Runner author James Dashner meets and greets his fans on the opening night of Maze Runner at Megaplex at Jordan Commons on September 19, 2014 in Sandy, Utah. (Fred Hayes/Getty Images for Allied)

Dashner, “Thirteen Reasons Why” writer Jay Asher and other popular authors for young people were cited repeatedly in a recent comments thread on sexual misconduct on the web site of School Library Journal. Both Dashner and Asher have been dropped by their agents. Asher has disputed the harassment allegations, but acknowledged having extra-marital affairs.

The latest movie adaptation of Dashner’s million-selling “Maze Runner” novels, “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” came out last month.

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