Riot says there’s ‘no evidence’ to support allegations of sexual misconduct against CEO

A Riot board panel has dismissed claims that Nicolo Laurent hassled his previous aide.

A Riot Games board advisory group says an outsider examination has discovered “no proof” that Riot CEO Nicolo Laurent “annoyed, separated, or fought back against” Sharon O’Donnell, a previous chief colleague who was terminated in July 2020 and consequently sued Laurent and the organization for lewd behavior. The advisory group has suggested that no moves be made against Laurent.

The actual examination was led by law office Seyfarth Shaw LLP, as indicated by Riot’s full assertion on the matter, and the association’s decisions were inspected by the council. The panel’s last evaluation thought about whether there was verifiable proof of wrongdoing, it said, and whether any connections among Laurent and O’Donnell “might have been deciphered as hassling, biased, or retaliatory.”

In her claim, O’Donnell affirms that Laurent offered improper comments and advances, like advising her to be more female and that she “should ‘cum’ over to his home” when his significant other was away, and afterward rebuffed her expertly for dismissing him. Mob’s board of trustees claims it can’t track down any evidential help for those charges.

“This isn’t a suggestion we trifle with,” the advisory group composed. “In cases including high-positioning heads, we perceive that power elements can frequently offer ascent to practices and predispositions that taint the encounters of others inside the association toxicly. Also, in numerous such cases, arriving at a decision about these sorts of charges can be troublesome. Most instances of this nature are not highly contrasting; they fall into the dark. Nonetheless, this was not one of those cases. For this situation, we were basically unfit to discover any proof that would legitimize an approval of any sort against Laurent.”

The council added that it will request that Riot resume the examination “decisively and without bias” if additional data in regards to wrong direct becomes exposed, and said that it remains “completely put resources into regulating the Company’s drives to change Riot’s way of life.”

This isn’t the first occasion when that Riot’s Special Committee of the Board of Directors has examined one of the organization’s officials: In December 2018, head working official Scott Gelb was suspended for a very long time after the council confirmed cases of “improper and amateurish conduct” against him.

In a message shipped off Riot representatives, Laurent solidly denied the claims against him. “It’s significant you hear this from me straightforwardly: The charges of badgering, segregation, and counter including me are false,” he composed. “Nothing of that nature, or even distantly near it, at any point occurred.

“From the earliest starting point of this cycle, I’ve vowed my collaboration, complete straightforwardness, and gave admittance to anything mentioned. I can say with conviction that if these claims were valid, the Special Committee would have suggested my end and the board would have terminated me. The LC1 group would have requested that also, in light of the fact that the practices depicted in the grumbling have no spot at Riot.”

As revealed by the Washington Post, Riot has likewise recorded charges of witness altering with respect to O’Donnell and others chipping away at her sake, just as two cases of badgering against O’Donnell herself, made namelessly out of “worry about extra provocation from Plaintiff and the press.”

“Respondents have discovered that Plaintiff has occupied with bugging as well as clearly undermining conduct toward likely observers in this activity—as of late as a week ago—including that she (1) offered an individual remuneration for affirming for her benefit; (2) urged people to record a claim against Mr. Laurent as well as participate in her claim so they can actually profit, in spite of the people having expressed they have no case against Mr. Laurent; (3) likely dispersed private contact data of observers to the press; and (4) likely urged people to compromise observers for her benefit,” Riot said in a recording dated March 16.

Mob needs a sped up meeting with the adjudicator looking into the issue “to address these issues in the short term to evade further provocation and unlawful altering of these and possibly different observers.”

Strangely, the report comes only one day after equipment producer Alienware finished an esports association with Riot almost a year early. The two organizations affirmed that the sponsorship bargain had been ended, and keeping in mind that neither remarked on the reason, a Dot Esports report said that it was because of Alienware’s developing inconvenience with Riot’s public picture.

The studio has been under uplifted examination since the time a 2018 Kotaku examination concerning the “way of life of sexism” at the organization; in 2019, Riot consented to pay $10 million to settle an ensuing sex segregation claim, however that was wrecked when California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing documented a protest, expressing that the settlement was unreasonably low and made “no enforceable changes to work approaches, at an organization affirmed to be overflowing with sexism.”

I’ve connected with the law office addressing O’Donnell in her suit against Riot for input, and will refresh in the event that I get an answer.