Criss Fowler, a former Riot employee, came forward last night to accuse Joe Miller of sexual misconduct. The allegations include a number of screenshots of private messages between the two, with Miller making suggestive comments about engaging in “a bit of feel-good fun” and asking whether Fowler’s relationship counted on “different continents.”
Joe Miller faces accusations of sexual misconduct. (Picture: Joe Miller)
I was too scared to initially name the EU shoutcaster mentioned in my first story, but I've had everyone who was there that night corroborate events. 3 other women in esports/gaming have DM'd me to say he was inappropriate to them too and I feel responsible for them.— Criss (@aeridel) June 26, 2020
Joe Miller. https://t.co/RW47Dpymeo pic.twitter.com/Y5q5Ld1wuI
Fowler’s initial statement was made in a TwitLonger, but she was wary of naming the EU shout caster who she alleges harassed and made unwanted advances towards her beginning at a party in 2014. However, after she received messages from other women stating they too had been targets of Miller’s sexual advances, and also corroborating statements with other people at the 2014 party, Fowler has now come forward to name Joe Miller.
Criss is not the only one. I had very similar encounters with Joe Miller around the same timeframe. Joe used his status and position at Riot to manipulate and come on to me even when I told him I was uncomfortable. I am not the only one. I thought I was. This is a trend. https://t.co/lez22LkeOg— Brynn 🏳️🌈 (@itsjustBru) June 26, 2020
Hey! Look! It wasn't just me!! https://t.co/AL1fMripms— AURELiNE 🚚 Pro-Gamer Moving (@dchanimaya) June 26, 2020
Criss Fowler states that three other women messaged her to say they too had been victims, two of which appear to have come forward publicly. Current LEC shout caster Trevor “Quickshot” Henry and his wife Becca Henry have also affirmed they were at the party, and feel “ashamed” they didn’t help or realise the situation.
I am sad to read what Criss went through and I appreciate her bravery in speaking out. I’m so sorry that this happened to her. I am deeply saddened that this has happened so many times to so many people. I am ashamed that I was there and I didn’t even realize or help. https://t.co/DiBVsDhNKT— Trevor Henry (@RiotQuickshot) June 25, 2020
I'm so sorry Criss. I'm sorry that I made an excuse for that behavior without knowing the full picture. I'm sorry that I didn't ask if you were ok.— Becca Henry (@BeccaCHenry) June 25, 2020
I've heard so many excuses, and given excuses and this needs to stop. I will do more to speak up.
This comes in the wake of a growing movement of women who have stepped forward since last weekend to speak out about sexual harassment and sexism within the gaming industry. Yesterday, another famous shout caster Toby “TobiWan” Dawson was also accused of sexual misconduct, and was dropped from BtS and had his voice lines removed from DotA 2’s TI10 Battle Pass.
Joe Miller has yet to make a statement in response to Criss Fowler’s allegations.