The entertainment world is currently in up in arms over the Harvey Weinstein allegations dozens of women have brought up against the former media powerhouse who was also recently expelled from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It’s been nothing but more and more stories of the disgusting things he has done over the years to women he worked with and treated less than human.
Sexual harassment is a serious offense in any business, it’s downright deplorable and should not be tolerated by anyone. Over the weekend, a former employee of Naughty Dog came forward to describe what happened to him during his time at the Sony-owned studio, and on Twitter, he explained how it all went down from his perspective, which I’ve included below:
In late 2015, I was sexually harassed at Naughty Dog by a lead. My work environment became extremely toxic afterward. 1/
David Ballard worked as an environmental and level design artist from 2009 until 2016, and he claims this happened a few years back, after this happened to him, Ballard had a mental breakdown at work and upon bringing this issue up with PlayStation’s HR department, was offered $20,000 to keep his silence on the issue.
Now, Naughty Dog has responded to Ballard’s claim saying they have no record of this ever happening, and that there is no place for harassment at their studio.
We have recently read on social media that an ex-employee of Naughty Dog, Dave Ballard, claims he was sexually harassed when he worked at Naughty Dog. 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. Harassment and inappropriate conduct have no place at Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment. We have taken and always will take reports of sexual harassment and other workplace grievances very seriously. We value every single person who works at Naughty Dog and Sony interactive Entertainment. It is of utmost importance to us that we maintain a safe, productive workplace environment that allows us all to channel our shared passion for making games.
It’s hard to say who’s right here, as this isn’t any normal situation. Each side has differentiating stances on what happened, which offers no viable solution to either party.