NeoGAF Down Amidst Sex Abuse Claims

The allegations are targeted at the site's owner.

By Robert Marrujo:: The fallout from Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's alleged decades of sexual misconduct is reaching far beyond the borders of Tinsel Town. Now, the owner of the long-lived video game website NeoGAF, Tyler “Evilore” Malka, is himself in hot water following the accusations of director Ima Leupp that he sexually assaulted her in 2015. Kotaku goes into great detail about the incident, but here's what we parsed from the post:

"I was throwing up and decided to hop in the shower to feel better. I was surprised when he got into the shower, fully naked behind me. I had a boyfriend at the time and didn’t think I had given him any reason to believe I wanted this. I didn’t cheat.”

The pair were drinking in a hotel room together when the alleged assault occurred. Leupp notes that she and Malka eventually engaged in a physical relationship following what happened in the shower, but now feels "gross from having ever been in contact with this person.”

Since the allegations were made public, the response on NeoGAF has been deafening silence, as the website is currently down. The landing page is displaying a typical "503 Uavailable" message and states that it's undergoing "scheduled maintenance." Apparently, users began leaving the site en masse and moderators have also jumped ship. What this means for NeoGAF, which was founded in 1999 as Gaming-Age Forums, is unknown; a statement from Malka is allegedly pending.

The video game industry is sadly no stranger to claims such as Leupp's, with the infamous "Gamergate" incident springing to mind. Malka has donated to noble charitable causes in the past, but that doesn't mean Leupp's accusations can be ignored. We'll continue to report on the story as it develops and will update here accordingly.

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