Naughty Dog respond to sexual harrassment allegations from ex-employee

Naughty Dog respond to sexual harrassment allegations from ex-employee

Naughty Dog has since responded to the claims.

David Ballard came forward on social media last night, alleging that after he was sexually harassed in 2015, he approached Sony HR and was offered a large sum of money to leave Naughty Dog quietly.

Ballard claims in this thread that after informing human resources in early 2016, his employment was terminated, with the department citing that "the company was moving in a different direction". I declined to sign. He adds in another part of the thread that the "strength" coming from those in other entertainment industries inspired him to speak out as well.

Three current and former Naughty Dog employees, all speaking under condition of anonymity so as not to jeopardize their careers, all said they had not heard anything about Ballard's sexual harassment allegations until this weekend and that they were disturbed by the news.

A former Naughty Dog employee has accused the game developer of sexual harassment. Dozens of reports have also been flowing in from other actresses and even actors in Hollywood sharing though own stories of harassment they endured from Hollywood higher-ups.

Naughty Dog's statement goes on to say that, "We have not found any evidence of having received allegations from Mr. Ballard that he was harassed in any way at Naughty Dog or Sony Interactive Entertainment".

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While the studio acknowledges the allegations, they essentially deny that anything of the sort happened-a rather short, hollow and troublesome statement for many reading it.

Ballard said he has been unemployed for the past 17 months.

Ballad said he made a decision to speak out now because of the strength shown by those coming forth about sexual harassment issues in the film and television industry, most recently spurred by allegations against movie executive Harvey Weinstein. "I will not let anyone kill my drive or love for the video game industry, my passions or life", he ended.

Some have called this stance hypocritical and a double standard, given that one of the mantras that have been paraded around in the gaming industry since 2014 is that people should "listen and believe" when a victim of sexual harassment comes forward. But the overall tone seems dismissive of the matter.

Ballard claims that Sony offered him $20,000 to sign a letter that stated he agreed to his termination and wouldn't discuss it with anyone. The studio acknowledges the need to create safe workspaces for all employees, but refutes the claims Ballard makes but stating that they have no record of any such incident being reported. However, it doesn't appear as if the industry will take Naughty Dog to task for also relying on evidence to prove the substantiation of Ballard's case.

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