Sexual harassment or abuse by prominent figures is common in the entertainment industry. They also happen in the entertainment industry, but there are also times when the accusations are baseless and only cause harm to the falsely accused. This is precisely the case of Avellone, who has just revealed his innocence.
You may remember that in 2020 some women emerged who accused Chris Avellone of sexual harassment and bad behavior, one of the most successful RPG writers in the video game industry, involved in titles such as Baldur’s Gate, Star Wars, Fallout, Wasteland, Pillars of Eternity and more.
Although the writer spoke about it shortly after the statements, it was not until 2021 that he made his detailed position known, in addition to informing that he would take action on the matter legally.
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Justice favored Avellone; he will receive compensation from his accusers
Justice is slow, but in the end the case of Avellone and her accusers came to an end today, after the authorities involved reached a resolution favorable to Avellone, since the statements of her accusers, Karissa Barrows and Kelly Rae Bristol, they were dismissed, as there was never any sexual abuse and they retracted their original accusations.
“The case related to the accusations against me in 2020 has been resolved,” said Avellone, who shared the official statement on his official page together with his accusers and mentioned that one of them, Barrows, asked the media to withdraw the statements. what he did about him
Additionally, the accusers will pay an amount of “7 figures” as compensation, which includes the expenses that Avellone made for his defense.
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“The parties have settled the matter and the claims have been dismissed with prejudice pursuant to a confidential settlement that provides for a seven-figure payment that includes the return of compensation for attorneys’ fees filed against Mr. Avellone in California,” the statement read. the statement Avellone shared with her accusers.
In the message, both Barrows and Bristol admit that “Avellone never sexually abused” them, in addition to not knowing of other cases of sexual abuse by the writer against other women. Likewise, both women report that they are not aware that Avellone has diverted resources from the companies in which he worked for his benefit.
“Whatever we have previously said or written to the contrary about Avellone was not our intention,” the accusers made clear.
The accusers acted in favor of women and the LGBTQIA+ community in the industry
According to both, what they wanted was to “support women in the industry”, as well as other communities, such as LGBTQIA + and more minorities who often suffer from “persecution”, but they did it incorrectly and were “misunderstood”.
“In doing so, our words have been misinterpreted to suggest specific allegations of misconduct that were never expressed or intended,” the women said. “We believe that Mr. Avellone shares a desire to protect and empower those communities.”
For his part, Avellone thanked the defense of the accusers involved and referred to it as “commendable”.
“I appreciate the willingness of Ms. Barrows and Ms. Bristol to cooperate with us to address these issues within the gaming community, and their voice is to be commended and supported,” Avellone said. “There are still many real challenges we face, but I am sure we can fight them together.”
Likewise, Avellone asked all his followers and the Internet in general to “respect the privacy” of his accusers and “take advantage of this opportunity as a means to listen to all these voices” about improving our culture and community.
“I want to thank everyone on both sides who chose not to rush the trial, but were willing to listen and let the legal process take its course, let the facts emerge on both sides and come to a resolution.” express Avellone.
I wanted to thank everyone on both sides who chose not to rush to judgment but instead were willing to listen and let the legal process take its course, let the facts come out on both sides, and come to a resolution.
— Chris Avellone (@ChrisAvellone) March 25, 2023
“Whether they did it out of malice or ignorance, it doesn’t matter. They are not true,” Avellone defended himself when the accusations came to light in 2021, always with a willingness to dialogue and not silence his accusers.
“I think all of these same people (who didn’t rush to judgment on any side) would agree that I did nothing to fight Kelly and Karissa and others making the allegations, to the contrary—not out of guilt, but because, as I said in At the time of those accusations, I don’t want to silence anyone. That’s not how the truth comes out,” Avellone said in 2021.
Video game companies cut ties with Avellone after allegations
Finally, Barrows and Bristol mention that the industry should allow the reintegration of the video game industry, which acted in prejudice against the actor.
“We believe that (Avellone) deserves a full return to the industry and that we support him in those efforts,” the accusers concluded.
However, these types of statements, regardless of whether they are true or false, cause instant damage, because that is how public complaints work on the Internet.
After the accusers’ statements came to light, several video game companies Avellone worked for ended their contract with the writer, apparently out of fear that the community would reproach them for their collaboration with an alleged harasser and sexual abuser. We’re talking about Paradox Interactive (Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2), Techland (Dying Light 2) and Gato Salvaje (The Waylanders).
The System Shock remake, the closest project the developer has worked on, will debut in May of this year.
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