Alt-Lit Icon Tao Lin Accused of Horrific Rape and Abuse [Updated]

Tao Lin, alt-lit mainstay, author of seven novels and contributor to Thought Catalog, Vice, The Stranger, and other publications has been accused of rape and abuse by the person he dated when she was only 16 and he was 22.

He responded with an essay-length defense of their sexual relationship that didn't refute any of the claims of abuse, which he posted to Facebook, edited several times, and eventually deleted. But Tao Lin was a fucking garbage creep long before his ex tweeted about it.

Lin's ex girlfriend, E. R. (formerly Ellen) Kennedy, made the allegations last week on his personal Twitter account (E. R. is trans and now identifies as a man). Last night, when a popular tumblr posted screen shots of the Tweets with Kennedy's permission, people beyond his small following took notice. More than 7,000 people have "liked" the post so far, and those numbers are only growing as the story gains traction.