Sexual assault claims in opposition to Chris Avellone, a author and developer whose credit embrace RPG video games such Fallout New Vegas and Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, in addition to the Bethesda-published Prey, and upcoming shooter System Shock, was accused in 2020 of sexual assault by two girls. Avellone’s accusers have now revealed a joint assertion, publicly withdrawing the claims initially made in opposition to the sport developer.
In 2020, two girls claimed that that they had been sexually assaulted by Chris Avellone, who additionally labored as a designer on RPG video games Fallout 2 and Star Wars Knights of the Outdated Republic 2. The next 12 months, Avellone launched a libel swimsuit in opposition to his accusers. Now, Avellone shares a joint assertion from his accusers and himself.
“Mr. Avellone by no means sexually abused both of us,” the accusers write. “Now we have no data that he has ever sexually abused any girls.
“Something we’ve got beforehand stated or written about Mr. Avellone on the contrary was not our intent. We wished to help girls within the trade. In so doing, our phrases have been misinterpreted to counsel particular allegations of misconduct that have been neither expressed nor supposed.
“We’re passionate concerning the security, safety and company of girls, minorities, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and each different neighborhood that has seen persecution within the online game trade. We imagine Mr. Avellone shares a want to guard and uplift these communities. We imagine that he deserves a full return to the trade and help him in these endeavours.”
The assertion explains that the claims in opposition to Avellone have been “dismissed with prejudice, pursuant to a confidential settlement that gives for a seven-figure fee that features the return of the legal professional payment award entered in opposition to Mr. Avellone in California.”
Although the assertion has been posted on Avellone’s personal weblog, a replica has reportedly been despatched to Forbes straight from Avellone’s attorneys – Forbes’ reporter Erik Kain shares a signed copy of the assertion on Twitter.
“I admire the willingness of [the accusers] to work with us in addressing points inside the recreation neighborhood, and their advocacy is to be counseled and supported,” Avellone writes. “There are nonetheless many very actual challenges that we face however am assured we are able to face them collectively.”
Avellone additionally asks “everybody to respect the privateness” of the accusers, and “use this chance as a way to take heed to all voices in enhancing our tradition and our communities.”
The latest recreation on which Avellone has labored, a remake of the FPS System Shock, is predicted to launch in Might.