In late 2015, I was sexually harassed at Naughty Dog by a lead. My work environment became extremely toxic afterward.— David Ballard (@DBal) October 14, 2017
- David Ballard, a former environment artist working for Naughty Dog, has come out on Twitter stating that he was fired from the video-game company after he was sexually harassed by one of the higher-ups.
- He stated: “In late 2015, I was sexually harassed at Naughty Dog by a lead. My work environment became extremely toxic afterward. In February 2016 I had a mental breakdown at work & Sony Playstation HR became involved. When I told them about the harassment they ended the call and fired me the next day. They cited the company was moving in a different direction and my job was no longer needed. They tried to silence me by offering $20,000 if I signed a letter agreeing to the termination as well as to not discuss it with anyone. I declined to sign. I have been unemployed for 17 months since.”
- Naughty Dog claims it has no record of these allegations.
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