Christine, a four-year veteran at Activision Blizzard, has come out publicly with her story of sexual abuse at the video game company. Her celebrity lawyer now demands a $100 million victim fund be established.
During a press conference held just outside Blizzard Entertainment’s headquarters in Irvine, California, Christine, who withheld her last name for privacy reasons, gave a long and tearful address about her experience at the company. She said working at Blizzard had been her dream, but it was shattered when she started experiencing inappropriate touching, comments about her body and requests for casual sex from supervisors. After reporting the incidents, she claims that she was told to let it go, and that the people she reported “did nothing wrong by the law.”
“When I complained to my supervisors, I was told ‘They were just joking’ and that I should get over it,” Christine said. “I was told not to go to HR. I was told that the harassing men were ‘just trying to be friends with me.’ I was told, ‘They did nothing wrong by law.’”
Nevertheless, she did report the abuse to HR, but was later retaliated against. She claims she was demoted, denied profit sharing benefits, and received minimal raises throughout her four years at the company.
Christine, who is one of the first victims to come out publicly against Activision Blizzard, has since retained the services of attorney Lisa Bloom, who is known for representing victims in high-profile sexual assault cases, including Bill O’Reilly, Bill Cosby and Jeffrey Epstein accusers. She has, however, also been an adviser to convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein.