Dota 2 Caster Under Fire Over Sexual Assault Allegations
The Dota 2 community was shaken once again today after veteran analyst Toby “TobiWan” Dawson was accused of sexual harassment and attack.
This comes on the heels of comparable claims levelled versus fellow Dota 2 commentator Grant “GranDgranT” Harris, who has actually considering that apologised and announced that he would be leaving the esports industry.
Dawson took to Twitter to condemn Harris’ alleged misbehaviours, stating “anyone involved in such actions need to be held responsible”. However, several women in the Dota 2 community responded by accusing him of being part of the problem.
One such individual was Dota 2 cosplayer Meruna, who implicated Dawson of sexually assaulting her while she slept, an event she claimed happened nine years earlier. Her sweetheart, Troels “SyndereN” Nielsen, has since dissociated himself from Dawson regardless of having been casting partners for several years.
Another female, an artist who goes by the name Botjira, later stepped forward, claiming she was selected by Dawson in a hotel space which she “nearly didn’t leave”.
Yet another person, ashnichrist, declared to have evidence of Dawson making sexual bear down her in a series of text.
Dawson responded to the accusations through two TwitLonger messages, among which was removed after several individuals described it as a non-apology. In his second message, Dawson attended to a number of incidents in the past but rejected outright Botjira’s claims.
Following the allegations, esports production business Beyond the Top has actually severed ties with Dawson, Code Red Esports has actually dropped him from its representation, and Valve has removed his voice lines from The International 10 Battle Pass.
While numerous revealed dissatisfaction with Dawson, others concerned his defence by pinning the blame on cancel culture and blaming the women for not being careful enough around strangers.