Naughty Dog responds to sexual harassment allegation

Ex-Designer Alleges Abuse at Naughty Dog, Sony Tried To Bury It

He said he has had interviews for new positions, and when a prospective employer asks why he left Naughty Dog, he allegedly tells them that he was "burned out by the crunch" because he is too ashamed to speak about his claims of sexual harassment.

Naughty Dog was quick to respond.

A former employee of Naughty Dog has alleged that he was sexually harassed at the studio. He said he informed HR about the alleged harassment and they "fired me the next day".

Naughty Dog released a statement yesterday pertaining to sexual harassment in the workplace. Those employees said they did not know or want to speculate who the alleged sexual harasser may be.

A separate tweet (which has now been removed, but is still up on NeoGAF) suggests a second incident of harassment at Naughty Dog.

In a series of tweets, Ballard says he was sexually harassed by a Lead at Naughty Dog in late 2015, leading to what he describes as an "extremely toxic" work environment. "There definitely is not a culture of covering up bad behavior", that person said.

"Harassment and inappropriate conduct have no place at Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment", it continued. They tried to silence me by offering $20k if I signed a letter agreeing to the termination as well as to not discuss it with anyone.

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Ballard said he declined to sign this.

Ballad said he chose 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.

David Ballard was a former environment artist and multiplayer level layout artist for Naughty Dog, having worked on several of its Uncharted games and The Last of Us during his time at the company. This is the hardest thing I've ever done. If Ballard did provide such evidence, it put the onus on Sony and require them to make a statement about why they didn't take his claims seriously or launch an investigation into the matter.

ND states harassment has no place at theirs or Sony's studios, and also claims they take these reports very seriously.

A lot of people are coming forward reporting their negative experiences at Hollywood and it seems the floodgates have been opened.

Not waiting until Monday, Naughty Dog has come forward with an official statement regarding the claims. "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".

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