Alleged victim thanks ‘the support from the community’
Top Toon Link Super Smash Bros. Brawl pro Cristian “Hyuga” Medina has been dropped by his sponsor VGBootCamp following word that he allegedly sexually assaulted Smash streamer “VikkiKitty” at EVO 2016 in Las Vegas this weekend.
VikkiKitty and her boyfriend allowed Medina to stay in their hotel room to keep him from “wandering Vegas, drunk and alone,” she recounts.
“I fell asleep next my boyfriend on the bed and I woke up to Cristian in between my boyfriend and I, rubbing against me and sliding his hands up my shirt and another down my pants. I’m Cuban and know a good amount of Spanish so I told him to leave me alone and to get back on the floor, repeatedly. He’s drunk and doesn’t get off me so I say it even LOUDER until someone in my room woke up to see what was going on. That person, Stefan, gets up and tells me immediately to sleep on the other bed where he was on and I changed beds.
“15 minutes pass and I have still not fallen back asleep before Hyuga slides between the person I was on the bed with and tries to do it once again before Nick Riddle woke up and kicked him out of the room.”
Medina, who has since deleted his Twitter account, allegedly blamed his repeated actions on intoxication. His sponsor issued the following statement:
“This afternoon we heard accusations that our player, ‘Hyuga,’ groped a woman of the smash community sometime early this morning as she tried to sleep. After talking to all parties and witnesses involved we believe that these accusations are true. Although he was heavily intoxicated during the incident there is absolutely no excuse for his actions. Starting immediately, Hyuga will no longer be a representative of the VGBC pro team. We want to set a precedent for all teams and sponsored players in the smash community to say that these actions will not be glossed over and ignored. To be absolutely clear, as of right now, we have dropped Hyuga from our team completely.”
VikkiKitty does not intend to press charges, but hopes to spread awareness. “I want to prioritize my dream, hobby, and potential career above this situation…My goal within the Smash community is to grow not only as competitor but as a professional caster as well,” she writes. “If I go through with further legal action, I will never be allowed to go to another out of state tournament, again. Coming from a Hispanic family, they will never let me travel out of fear for my safety and I do not want to bring them any worry.”