EVO 2016 just concluded last night, but stories about it still continue. High-profile Super Smash Bros. player Cristian ‘Hyuga’ Medina was ejected from his sponsorship with Super Smash Bros. broadcaster VGBootcamp, amidst allegations that he had sexually harassed a female caster and streamer while she slept.
The streamer in question, VikkiKitty, from Orlando, Florida, wrote on Twitter following the event. Her statement is below:
“I really don’t know how to write this because this has never happened to me before but last night I was molested by Hyuga. We let him into our room because we did not want him wandering around Las Vegas drunk and alone. My boyfriend, DJ Jack, let him stay with us. I fell asleep next my boyfriend on the bed and I woke up to Cristian in between my boyfriend and I, rubbing against me and sliding his hands up my shirt and another down my pants. I’m Cuban and know a good amount of Spanish so I told him to leave me alone and to get back on the floor, repeatedly. He’s drunk and doesn’t get off me so I say it even LOUDER until someone in my room woke up to see what was going on. That person, Stefan, gets up and tells me immediately to sleep on the other bed where he was on and I changed beds. 15 minutes pass and I have still not fallen back asleep before Hyuga slides between the person I was on the bed with and tries to do it once again before Nick Riddle woke up and kicked him out of the room. Again, this has never happened to me and I was freightened so after they kicked him out I started to break down in tears. Did my “friend” actually attempt doing this to me? Why wouldn’t he leave me alone? What if I was alone? We filed a police report.
This man was just picked up by VGbootcamp and is currently sponsored. I didn’t know if I wanted to make this post but everyone felt I needed to only to prevent future incidents like this from happening ever again. Please be careful with anyone, regardless of friend or acquaintance.”
Since then, Smash players have rallied behind VikkiKitty with support, and have began voicing for Medina to be banned from future tournaments.
Medina had been sponsored briefly for a few days by VGBootcamp, and the team has since issued a swift response to the allegations.
This afternoon we heard accusations that our player, “Hyuga”, groped a woman of the smash community sometime early this morning as she tried to sleep. After talking to all parties and witnesses involved we believe that these accusations are true. Although he was heavily intoxicated during the incident there is absolutely no excuse for his actions. Starting immediately, Hyuga will no longer be a representative of the VGBC pro team. We want to set a precedent for all teams and sponsored players in the smash community to say that these actions will not be glossed over and ignored. To be absolutely clear, as of right now, we have dropped Hyuga from our team completely.
We have members on our team that knew Hyuga for approximately 6 months before we picked him up. We researched him thoroughly and thought he would make a great addition to our team. We were wrong. Even though there was no evidence that could have led us to expect this kind of conduct from Hyuga, we still feel the need to apologize on the behalf of our ex player. To our fans, to the smash community, but first and foremost to the person affected directly by this incident, we are truly sorry.”
Medina claimed, through a series of Twitter messages to Nick Riddle (who had previously kicked Medina out of the room following the incident), that he had been heavily intoxicated and had no recollection of the night’s events. Offering naught but profuse apologies, Medina begged for the incident to not be escalated, fearing that the incident would tarnish his opportunities to compete at future tournaments.
— NickRiddle @ EVO (@VS_NickRiddle) July 17, 2016
VikkiKitty spoke about the incident again earlier this morning, and claimed that she would not press charges in the incident. Despite the gravity, VikkiKitty made the decision not to escalate, citing that she wanted to further herself in the fighting game community and proceeding with legal recourse would prevent her from fulfilling that dream. In her own words, she noted that her parents, being Hispanic, would prevent her from going out for fear of her own safety.
It’s a huge blow to the competitive fighting game community, and one that tarnishes the good name in EVO 2016. Alcohol is never an excuse for that kind of behavior, and credit must be given to VGBootcamp for their rapid response.