Dragon Ball voice actor Vic Mignogna accused of sexual harassment

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Vic Mignogna is a celebrity in the world of anime. He did the English dub for Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist and Broly in Dragon Ball Super: Broly and worked on other anime series including Pokémon, Fairy Tail, Naruto: Shippûden, Attack on Titan, and Bleach. The actor is now under a negative spotlight with recent allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct. It resulted in Rooster Teeth and Funimation no longer doing business with him. His colleagues and friends who have spoken out against him are being attacked by fans. Monica Rial, who voices Bulma in Dragon Ball Super, shares her uncomfortable experiences with Mignogna and urges the anime community to be kind to each other.

Here’s the full statement from Rial:

“First, please know that I’ve tried to address his behavior with him. I’m the kind friend that will tell you when you have food in your teeth and I was tired of people talking about him behind his back. How would he change if he didn’t know his behavior was wrong? Each time, he would apologize and then be back at it within weeks. The studios slowly began to stop working with him, not just because of sexual harassment, but because he was difficult to work with. Even though he had a huge fan following, directors began to look elsewhere.

Whenever he saw me he would take a fist full of my hair, pull my head back, and either whisper so closely to my ear that his lips were touching or kiss my cheek/neck. This was usually done in front of fans or colleagues so I had to be very careful about how I reacted. I didn’t even realize how inappropriate it was because he did it to so many people. I’ve witnessed it happen, just as others have witnessed it happen to me; colleagues and fans.

In the mid-2000s we were at a convention together and he grabbed me and kissed me in his hotel room. I froze. You may wonder why I didn’t yell or scream or push him away. I was scared. Why? Because I was raped as a teenager and I learned that sometimes fighting back makes it worse. Why did I go to his room? Because he asked me to watch a video and I trusted him because he was my friend. Not only that, but he was dating my friend Michele and I had been flirting with my soon-to-be-boyfriend at the convention all weekend. After that experience, I distanced myself from him and unfortunately Michele as well. I felt incredibly guilty even though I hadn’t done anything wrong. I went to therapy and worked on forgiveness. I chose to forgive him for what he had done. Maybe it was just me? Maybe it was a one-time thing never to be repeated again? You can imagine my devastation when I learned that I wasn’t the only one. That it was happening to colleagues, and worse yet, convention attendees.

All the pictures and messages that are being passing around were taken at the press events and premiere for the Broly movie in mid-December. About 2 weeks after that, three of my close friends came forward. When these friends shared their stories with me, I was heartbroken. How could this happen to three of my close friends without me ever knowing? As more people came forward, I began to see the similarities. I chose to share my testimony with investigators solely because it corroborated the others’ testimony. I didn’t start this, I have nothing to gain from it, I didn’t steal anyone’s roles or titles; the stuff you’re hearing on YouTube is all lies attempting to create drama and get subs/views. I’m perfectly content being just a voice actor.

The investigations were incredibly thorough. Each person was interviewed, the evidence weighed, and a decision made. Each company has to look out for the safety of their employees. In this instance, these companies felt they made the best decision to protect their employees and contract workers. Also, these companies aren’t obligated to share any information with you. Many of the women who’ve come forward have chosen to remain anonymous, especially after seeing the way that I’ve been attacked. Please respect their privacy.

I didn’t want to come forward on Twitter but I felt like I had to do something because my friends’ lives, children, and careers were being threatened. Also, I knew if I didn’t, there was a very good chance that this would get swept under the rug… again.

I apologize for lashing out and threatening fans. I don’t want to have to take people to court or send law enforcement after them but I was doing what I felt necessary to protect myself at the time. There is a watch list and I have the names and numbers of multiple harassers, but I’m willing to forgive if you’ll stop the madness now. You may feel that my colleagues and I have been harsh, but let me ask you this: how would you respond if your life was being threatened? If the lives of your loved ones, your friends, your friends’ children, were being threatened? If your addresses and phone numbers were being passed around like candy so people could call or drop by just to antagonize you? If the local authorities made sure to drive past your house daily, just to make sure you’re okay? If you were forced to be on the phone with various law enforcement and lawyers every single day? If people were trying to get you fired just because you came forward with the truth? If you were doxxed because people think it’s fun to attack those who are hurting?

I have always stood up for this community. I have loved the anime fandom from the moment I went to my first convention. To be threatened like this by the community I love, really hurts my heart. I recently stood up for the Dragon Ball fandom, only to have that community come back and attack me mercilessly. It has been so incredibly painful, I can’t even express.

I have never said anything hurtful toward Vic or any of his fans. I don’t want to ruin his life, he was/is my friend. I don’t want him to be labeled a predator for life. I want him to get help and realize that his actions have hurt many people, including me. If he takes the necessary steps to better himself, then perhaps I would be willing to forgive him again.

I’m tired of the fighting, I’m tired of the threats, all of it. From here on, I will only be posting positivity and light. Any threats or retaliation will be met with an immediate block. I’m not wasting any more time on this matter. It’s over. This has been incredibly difficult for everyone involved. Please be kind to one another. <3

Much love,

Monica.”

It’s a really detailed statement that gives you a picture of what’s been happening with Vic Mignogna and the community. It’s pretty sad to see Rial being attacked like this which involved being threatened with violence and harassment. Even when she went into detail, she is still getting flak.

She has been getting support as well.

Vic Mignogna has issued his own statement where he apologized if he crossed the line with being affectionate. He, however, denies ever sexually harassing and sexually assaulting anyone.

Dragon Ball Super: Brolo is now available with the Dragon Ball Super series airing Saturday evenings on Adult Swim with the English dub. You can also stream it on Funimation and Amazon Prime Video.

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