One day after David Ballard claims of being fired for reporting he was sexually harassed, Naughty Dog has released an official statement regarding the matter.
“We have not found any evidence of having received allegations from Mr. Ballard that he was harassed in any way at Naughty Dog or Sony Interactive Entertainment. Harassment and inappropriate conduct have no place at Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment.”
“We have taken and always will take reports of sexual harassment and other workplace grievances very seriously. We value every single person who works at Naughty Dog and Sony interactive Entertainment. It is of utmost importance to us that we maintain a safe, productive workplace environment that allows us all to channel our shared passion for making games.”
Ballards claims were released earlier this week, after he posted several tweets on his personal social media account (Twitter, Facebook). The former Naughty Dog employee stated that he felt the need to come forward following the outpour harassment claims directed at Hollywood producers this week, most notably ones surrounding Harvey Weinstein.
The gaming company is well known for its success working with Sony, releasing some of the best titles of the past few decades (Crash Bandicoot, The Uncharted Series, The Last of Us). Ballard worked for the company from 2009 to 2014 and again from 2015-2016, with the latter being when he reported his claims.
“When I told them about the harassment they ended the call and fired me the next day,” Ballard said. “They cited that the company was moving in a different direction and my job was no longer needed.
Ballard has yet to respond to Naughty Dog’s claims that seem to undermine his sexual allegations. Be sure to check back to the site for more updates on the situation as they unfold, as well as your other Nerdy News and Needs.