Elliot Gindi, the English voice actor for Tighnari in Genshin effectis currently under fire online after being accused of alleged abuse.
On Tuesday (February 7) the voice actor announced on his personal Twitter account that he took a break from his online activities to seek therapy.
Gindi claimed that the “influx of fans and fame” he gained by voicing Tighnari Genshin effect “have really confused me.”
“I know I smile a lot on camera and I seem very confident, but the truth is that this influx of fans and fame has really messed me up. My friends have advised me to take a break and get into therapy, so that’s me. I’ll be back when the therapist says I should. Thank you for everything,” Gindi said.
However, Gindi would return to Twitter with an official statement and apology. In a Twitlonger, Gindi confirms that his departure was on social media because of the serious allegations that would come to light a day after he announced his departure.
Hours before Gindi’s tweet confirmed the allegations, Twitter user @FretCore posted a document which contained evidence of Gindi’s transgressions, which allegedly included emotional abuse, blackmail, sexism and having sexual relations with underage fans.
FretCore said in a subsequent tweet that they were able to gather the information they posted as they are one of Gindi’s main moderators for his Twitch and Discord channels.
Twitter user @phiotan confirmed FretCore’s post, saying they were both moderators on Gindi’s Discord, posting their own evidence of the voice actor’s abusive behavior.
Other users also have come forward to post experiences that support the allegations against Gindi, including a user who was allegedly sexually groomed by the voice actor, who posted screenshots of their conversations.
Gindi, in his Twitlonger apology, would confirm that most of these users’ allegations are true, while denying his alleged involvement with underage fans.
A moderator of the official Genshin effect subreddit said they have passed relevant information about the allegations against Gindi to developer HoYoverse. The developer has not yet issued an official statement on the matter.
Genshin Impact’s voice director speaks out
Chris Faiella, the voice director for the English dub of Genshin Impact, also came forward in support of those allegedly victims of Gindi and said he will notify HoYoverse of the situation.
“To say I am angry, disappointed and heartbroken about it all would be an understatement. My heart goes out to everyone who has been subjected to this unacceptable and inappropriate behavior,” said Faiella.
“Trust me to do everything I can, using the limited power I have, to rectify this situation and I will absolutely inform the people of miHoYo (HoYoverse).”
It is not the first time that A Genshin effect voice actor has been in hot water for abusive and offensive behavior.
In October 2021, HoYoverse suspended cooperation with Li Yuantao after it came to light that he committed adultery and manipulated his fans for sexual favors.
Li Yuantao was the Chinese voice actor for Oz, the familiar of the playable character Fischl. Zhao Yuecheng would later replace Li Yuantao as Oz’s Chinese voice actor.
Based on that previous case, it is expected that Gindi can be replaced as Tighnari’s voice actor.
The voice actors for many Genshin effect characters have been at the center of many controversies in the past. That said, most of them were actually targets of harassment, unlike Gindi’s case.
Last August, Dori’s English voice actor was harassed after members of the Genshin effect community on Twitter focused their anger on the character’s portrayal of her voice actor.
Earlier this month, Candace’s English voice actor was also harassed for supporting another voice actor who condemned “fujoshi,” a term often used to refer to straight women who consume anime media about gay men, for fetishizing gay relationships.
Yan Ku is a full-time dog parent, part-time (gacha) gamer, and part-time writer.
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