Just over a year later several women accused him of sexual misconduct, game writer Chris Avellone has posted a blog post denying claims that led to multiple studies cutting their ties. He has also filed a lawsuit against two prosecutors, in addition to up to 100 unnamed people who he says are "responsible in some way" for the defamation.
D’Avellone plet specifically alleges that two women, Karissa Barrows and Kelly Bristol, made defamatory statements about him last year. After watching an IGN interview with Avellone in June 2020, Barrows alleged on Twitter that the writer had a history of "predating young women" at conventions by "getting them drunk." In her case, she said she bought alcohol to get drunk at a bar before escorting her to her hotel room, where they went out into the hallway. (Both sides agree that, at his request, things did not go any further.)
Barrows went on to say that Avellone was a "sexual predator" and that he "assaulted and abused" his friends. Bristol, a friend of Barrows', alleged that Avellone palpated her and proposed to her, which Barrows said he did not know.
Avellone expressed surprise at some of Barrows' comments, but said very little publicly about the 2020 allegations. He has now rejected every claim, calling the statements "completely false" and saying he has never "addressed" them. to any person for the purpose of having consensual sexual contact "and who did not assault Bristol.
Barrows supports his accusations. "The only claim I'll make right now is that I'm on the side of my story," Barrows told PC Gamer when asked for comments this week. "I told the truth. I'm not free to talk anymore until the court proceedings are over."
Along with the lawsuit, Avellone posted a blog post titled "That's it", in which he states that Barrows became antagonistic towards him when his relationship with a friend of his worsened. In 2020, Barrows claimed that her best friend "endured more than a year of heartache, gastronomic enlightenment and emotional abuse at the hands of Avellone." Avellone says the friend in question became "unhappy," but that they had not maintained a committed relationship. (The friend only identifies the message as a person named Jackie. She is also not identified in the lawsuit).
Avellone also precautionarily denies using the legal system to silence prosecutors, saying he wants Barrows and others to "talk more about what happened."
Other women showed up, but addressing them becomes easier by challenging Karissa’s statements. This is because, unfortunately, Karissa's claims were echoed by others as true. Whether it’s done through malice or ignorance, it doesn’t matter. They are false.June 26, 2021
Lawyer D.M. Schmeyer, who is not involved in the lawsuit however characterized him as “revenge” and “bullying” in a widely shared Twitter thread, said lawsuits like the Avellone lawsuits are used to silence defendants as they are costly and difficult to answer. Schmeyer also criticized the lawsuit's strategy, saying Avellone's lawyers made a mistake in appearing in California (because it favors defendants in cases like this more than other states) and that the claims of Avellone the lawsuit has no legal merit. For example, Schmeyer says that referring to someone as a "predator" is a statement of opinion rather than a fact in the context of a defamation lawsuit and therefore "cannot be acted upon." . He also wonders if Avellone can prove that the accusers acted maliciously, the meaning behind including the 100 "Fa" and other details. Schmeyer concludes that, in his view, the lawsuit seeks to silence the accusers.
Avellone disagrees. When he came to his comments, he told PC Gamer that he believes Barrows and Bristol "have had time to be heard" for the last year since the allegations were filed and are therefore not "silenced." . In addition, "other voices involved in the stories" will now be heard, he said, and he believes the investigation will reveal "serious misstatements and contradictions." He also said the nature of the 100 “Doe” defendants will be clear in court.
In a tweet that Avellone questions, Schmeyer seems to mock the inclusion of "hurt feelings" in the lawsuit as one of the damages suffered, writing "Are your feelings hurt? You're just defending hurt feelings. Dude."
"The lawyer for the issue is biased, unfortunately," Avellone wrote. "I respect your right to be heard, but despite making fun of someone for declaring 'hurt feelings,' I should already be aware of the standard wording of defamation lawsuits in California and include a number of emotional distress, including suicidal thoughts ".
In fact, while California does not specify what kind of thoughts might be described as "hurt feelings," it does include the term as one of the relevant "general damages" in defamation cases, along with "loss of reputation," "shame," and "mortification."
The issue is hurt feelings, revenge. The point is to silence his accusers. Comment on nine recommendations for failed defamation claims and hope this scares your goal. And that’s rubbish. It is the garbage behavior of a person accused of acting as garbage.June 27, 2021
Schmeyer declined to add anything specific to this observation, but responded to the biased statement. "I do not personally know Chris Avellone or know any party to this lawsuit," the lawyer wrote in an email to PC Gamer. "I've played his games and enjoyed them, but that's to what extent. As a lawyer, I found the legal issues surrounding his complaint to be of interest and I commented.
Aside from the claim that he does not try to silence the defendants, Avellone says in his blog post that he waited until now to fight the allegations because he “understood the culture of cancellation” and considered that the companies that were related with him they could show no doubts without being judged.
The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles on June 16, seeks damages for job loss and emotional distress, as well as punitive damages, lawsuit costs and a positive measure, which means that the court would define some measures to be taken. by Defendants Barrows and Bristol as a remedy.
The next development will depend on the response of the defendants, which should happen quite soon, as the default deadline is 30 days from notification.
Given Barrows ’statement that he maintains what he said, it seems obvious that he is challenging the lawsuit. One option, which Schmeyer explains in his thread, is for defendants to file a motion to file the complaint on the merits, which could be successful if the court agrees with Schmeyer’s opinion.