BuzzFeed News reported Thursday that "Ren and Stimpy Show" creator John Kricfalusi had "hounded" two fans as a teenager, making him the latest Hollywood leader accused of Harvey-Weinstein allegations sexual misconduct was charged. 19659002] Both women, who were fans of "Ren and Stimpy" in childhood, said that Kricfalusi promised that his studio, Spumco, would one day hire them, the article said.
One of the women, Robyn Byrd, said she sent Kricfalusi a fan video in 1994 when she was just 13 years old and that one day she hoped to work for Buzzfeed for his influential Nickelodeon show ; At the age of 16, she was both an intern at Spumco and his girlfriend – a relationship described as an "open secret in animation". "In the end," the article said, "she fled the animation to get away from him."
A decade ago, Byrd said, she found a connection to an artist she'd met through Kricfalusi: Katie Rice, who says the "Ren and Stimpy" creator started dating her as a minor. He gave her a job in 2000 when she was 18 years old and then began to sexually harass her, she told Buzzfeed.
Both women are said to have documents, transcripts of online conversations and witnesses to support their allegations. In the meantime, a lawyer, Krifalusi, 62, responded to a list of allegations against him – including sexual harassment, legal rape, and possession of child pornography – with this statement to Buzzfeed:
"The 1990s were a time of mental and emotional Fragility for Mr. Kricfalusi, especially after the loss of "Ren and Stimpy", his most valuable creation. "For a short time, twenty-five years ago, he had a 16-year-old girlfriend." Over the years, John fought with the which was eventually diagnosed as a mental illness, by which time he had been relying mainly on alcohol to treat himself for almost three decades, and since then he has been working feverishly on his mental health problems and succeeding in his life over the past decade This performance has given John the opportunity to grow and mature in a way that e I'd never had a chance before.
Nickelodeon fired Kricfalusi in 1992 before Byrd and Rice said they had been hunted down by him, and the network declined to comment on the article.
More than a quarter of a century ago, Krisfalusi led the first few seasons For example, "The Ren and Stimpy Show" stages a distinct turn toward surrealism in mainstream television animation, as a bizarre mix of merriment, big-boxer and camera-winking High Jinks that features such next-generation shows as "SpongeBob SquarePants" and "Adventure Time Kricfalusi is not the only prominent animation creator with a scandal.On last October, Nickelodeon's "Loud House" showrunner Chris Savino fired over allegations of sexual misconduct and threats of retaliation by at least a dozen women, such as for the first time by Cartoon Brew Savino apologized for his actions that "created an unacceptable environment."
In November Last year, Pixar co-founder and Disney animation chief John Lasseter began a leave of absence, as Variety first reported after he was accused of inappropriate behavior in the workplace. including unwanted contact. Lasseter said he would return after a six-month sabbatical.