A lawyer from Kricfalus admits to Buzzfeed News that the animator was in a relationship with a 16-year-old about 25 years ago.
Animator John Kricfalusi, known as the creator of Nickelodeon's "The Ren & Stimpy Show," was accused of sexual misconduct by former budding animators Robyn Byrd and Katie Rice, who told the story in an interview with Buzzfeed News Both Byrd and Rice were fans of "Ren & Stimpy" as young girls and hoped to have a career in animation, and they accuse Kricfalusi of starting at 13 and 14.
Byrd sent a video to the Ren & Stimpy Creator in 1994, when she was 13, hoping her love of animation would catch the attention of Nickelodeon and Kricfalusi, and the creator sent her a letter containing the video and video clip acknowledged her talent, and soon afterwards she sent her boxes of toys and supplies.Kricfalusi was 39 at the time, helping Byrd set up an AOL account ts, with whom the two corresponded, and he finally visited Byrd's trailer park in Tucson, Arizona.
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The Buzzfeed report mentions that Kricfalusi's relationship with teen Byrd and his inappropriate behavior towards girls was an open secret in the animation world. Warner Bros. art director Tony Mora and producer Gabe Swarr said, "Stories about how Kricfalusi sexually harassed female artists, including teens, were known by industry."
A lawyer for Kricfalusi responded to Byrd's indictment by allowing a relationship with the 16-year-old, but that during the time he "struggled with what eventually became diagnosed as mental illnesses." Kricfalus's statement is:
"The 1990s were a time of mental and emotional fragility for Mr. Kricfalusi, especially after the loss of & # 39; Ren and Stimpy & # 39 ;, his most valuable creation For a short time, 25 years ago, he had a 16-year-old girlfriend, and over the years John struggled with what was eventually diagnosed as mental illness, by which time he had been relying on alcohol for almost three decades to protect himself Since then, he has worked feverishly on his mental health problems and successfully stabilized his life over the past decade, giving John the opportunity to grow and mature in a way he has never done before
Katie Rice told Buzzfeed a similar story about her relationship with Kricfalusi. The animator had introduced Rice in Byrd via AOL in the 1990s when they were kids. Rice says that Kricfalusi never did anything physical to her, but that he started attacking her when she was a minor. A diary entry written by Rice between December 1995 and March 1996 mentions that "this 40-year-old man meets me." Kricfalusi reportedly wrote her flirty letters and masturbated while on the phone with her. Rice wanted to enter the animation industry and in 2000 accepted a job offer from Kricfalus when she was 18. His sexual harassment persisted at work.
Rice told Byrd in 2008 that the animator's behavior was worse when she worked for his home office. At a time when Rice and Kricfalusi were working on a video commissioned by "Weird Al" Yankovic, Rice said he was doing "all sorts of bizarre things" and was waiting naked in his living room when I went to his house When I was hanging out with his Weiner in the morning and told me that his friend's advice was to "just" get me, he was supposed to rape me one day. "The lawyer of Bricfalusi denied that the entertainer had dealt with Rice, and Byrd is currently teaching philosophy and undergraduate writing while Rice continues to work in animation.
The Paramount Network and spokesperson for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim told Buzzfeed Kricfalusi's agent and Nickelodeon did not immediately respond to IndieWire's request for comments.
Byrd and Rice's entire interview can be read in Buzzfeed News.