Two women accused Ren & Stimpy the creator John Kricfalusi of cultivating and sexually abusing them as teenagers, Buzzfeed News reports.
Both women, Robyn Byrd and Katie Rice, said they were young fans of Nickelodeon nineties animation and hoped that the animator could help their own artistic careers.
In 1994, Byrd was just 13 when she wrote to Kricfalusi, then 39. His answer was ebullient of her account; he soon began to send her toys and art supplies. Three years later, he allegedly sexually abused her.
Byrd said Kricfalusi flew her to his studio in Los Angeles and on the same trip began to sexually assault her. Prior to graduating high school in 1
In a statement to Buzzfeed, Kricfalusi's lawyer admitted that "for a short time, 25 years ago, he had a 16-year-old girlfriend," describing the events of the period as one of emotional and mental illness.
Byrd said that she left animation to get away from Kricfalusi "She gave me PTSD and forced me to change her career." Then she came in contact with an old AOL friend, Katie Rice.
Rice was also an aspiring artist, who hoped to have a friendship with Kricfalusi. She reportedly received coquettish letters from the animator at the age of 14.
"I think this 40-year-old man is beating me," she wrote in her diary, according to Buzzfeed.
At 18, Rice She said she went to work for Kricfalusi. In employment emails, she asked the 49-year-old for a relationship, she said, adding that he would be waiting for her naked in the studio. Rice eventually gave up after allegedly threatening to rape her, and she discovered child pornography on his computer, a charge his lawyer denied.
Both Rice and Byrd said they had not come earlier because they feared nobody would believe them.
"I know what everyone is going to say: why did not you just leave, well, because this asshole said at 13 that I was special, and I do not have self-esteem, so I believe it," Rice said.
Nickelodeon airing Ren & Stimpy repeated, BuzzFeed did not want to comment.