Borderlands Voice Actor Alleges Randy Pitchford Assaulted Him Two Years Ago

David Eddings, Borderlands’s original Claptrap voice actor, claims Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford allegedly assaulted him back in 2017. During a few posts on Twitter, Eddings clarified some of the reasons he will not be returning for the upcoming Borderlands 3.

Hardiman1845d ago

Ha hell yes! I wonder who else in popular culture has the catchphrase "DAMN!"

Smokehouse1846d ago

Lmao! This dude can’t catch a break.

Wolffenblitz1846d ago

Maybe if he wasn't a dickhead, he'd be alright.

Cmoney0071845d ago

It can be easy to have issues with Pitchford.

gamer78041846d ago

he could get sued for defamation of character, he'll have to prove this in court via witnesses and camera footage from the hotel, I'm sure there is camera footage, but It has been a couple of years. I'm not going to say either person is right or wrong, in this day and age you MUST be able to prove allegations.

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Gority1846d ago

Nah, the person suing for defamation has to prove the statement is false, not the other way around. Much harder to prove something didn't happen than something did happen.

CorndogBurglar1846d ago

Exactly. If you didn't do something you are accused of then there is no evidence to say you didn't do it.

Also, the other piece of defamation of character, is that even if you can prove the statement was false, you then have to prove that you were harmed by it. And no, not your feelings. You have to prove your reputation was actually hurt by the statement, which also isn't easy to do unless you own a business and sales instantly dropped, or something like that.

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RememberThe3571846d ago

Pitchford seems to be getting called out for being a grade-A asshole more often than not.

CorndogBurglar1846d ago (Edited 1846d ago )

Nope. In order to sue for Defamation of Character (successfully) you have to prove that the statement caused some kind of actual harm to you, whether it be reputational or financial. If the person's statement has had no effect on you then you won't win a Defamation case.

rainslacker1845d ago

Harm can be as easy as saying you experienced some kind of mental distress. However, it does usually require some money to pay for therapy to prove that you actually are traumatized.

Cobra9511845d ago

A public figure can be harmed plenty by baseless accusations of something heinous like assault or rape.

CorndogBurglar1844d ago

@ Cobra951

Of course they can. Did I give the impression I don't agree with that?

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Razmiran1846d ago

Child pornography, embezzelment, assault
Pitchford is going down

warriorcase1846d ago

Doubt. There actually needs to be proof first. The fact that a lot of the complaint/allegations have come from ex disgruntled employees doesn't help either.

Sciurus_vulgaris1846d ago

I believe it was Sega that claimed embezzlement against Pitchford due to Aliens Colonial Marines bizarre development.

Razmiran1846d ago

Dude, we read about shitty bosses in the industry every day but no one else has been accused of so much

rainslacker1845d ago

I think Sega and Pritchford already settled on the whole Aliens thing. If he actually used money Sega gave him for another project, that's highly illegal, and Sega wouldn't just let that go. Since there was no lawsuit, they had to have either figured out a way to compensate Sega....probably through the profits of BL, or it actually never happened.

I really don't know how this guy is still employed though. He's a train wreck every time he gets close to releasing a game. He pops up in the media with allegations against him, or he makes stupid comments which piss people off.

jeki1846d ago (Edited 1846d ago )

Since you klnow so much, when will charges for those very serious crimes be brought against him?

ElementX1846d ago

I thought the girl in the video on the flash drive was 18 and it came from a barely legal site, supposedly.

garos821846d ago

dis is a spicy story. Randy seems unhinged generally and its a shame as this will affect what could otherwise be a great game

toxic-inferno1846d ago

It probably won't affect the quality of the game, nor the sales.

But despite being a Borderlands fan, I will feel a little bit guilty for enjoying it.

garos821846d ago

i didnt mean that it would affect the quality of the game but the reception of it. And i dont mean the whiny journalists and their "reviews". Im talking about the bottom line of sales. It will still probably sell well though

Wolffenblitz1846d ago

The fact it's on Epic will hurt it a lot.

jeki1846d ago

It won't affect anything.