The journalist who created a spreadsheet where women could anonymously share stories of sexual harassment or abuse they had encountered from men in the media industry came forward Wednesday night in a first-person article published in The Cut.
Moira Donegan, who has written for outlets including The New Yorker, said she started the "Sh--- Media Men" list as a "first attempt at solving what has seemed like an intractable problem: how women can protect ourselves from sexual harassment and assault."
The list, which included accusations that range from unwanted flirting to rape, has drawn praise and criticism since going viral.
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Donegan wrote that the document was intended to be private. She said she came forward after being approached by Katie Roiphe, who was writing a piece for Harper's magazine. Donegan also received an email from a fact checker asking her how she wanted to respond to being "widely believed" to be a creator of the list, she said.
Giulia Melucci, Harper's vice president of public relations, told NBC News that Harper's never intended to publish Donegan's name.