Genshin Impact Players Demand Tighnari Be Recast Following Voice Actor Sexual Harassment Allegations

Elliot Gindi, the voice actor who does the English localisation of Genshin Impact character Tighnari has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple former fans. Some claim they were underage at the time of their relationships with him, and they also claim he tried to coerce them into sending nude photographs of themselves and threatened to commit suicide should they come forward. He has admitted to some of the accusations.

As reported by Kotaku, one of Gindi's former social media moderators Tweeted a summary of the accusations alongside a Google Doc containing images showing him sexting fans. Gindi has admitted in a Twit Longer post that "All of the screenshots of the chat logs. Yes, all of the cringy sex talk", is real. He also admits that he did threaten to commit suicide if the information spread.

Gindi denies that he "knowingly did anything with anyone underage". He also claims that it is false that he "did not respect someone's pronoun changes", and says he "was not 'waiting' for someone 15 to turn 18. I flatly rejected them."

Genshin Impact fans have been quick to call on the developer – which recently rebranded as HoYoverse – to recast the character he voices, Tighnari. His wiki page has also been updated to include the accusations made against him.

As well as fans, developers have spoken up about the matter. Chris Faiella, a voice director on Genshin Impact tweeted, "Trust that I am doing everything that I can, using what limited power I do have, to rectify this situation and will absolutely inform the folks at miHoYo."

Kotaku reached out to the HoYoverse for comment and received the following statement: "We deeply regret the harm and damage that happened to our fans, gamers, community, and anyone affected. Both our internal teams and external partners including our voice acting studio have been working together on an urgent solution. And we will keep you posted on the progress."

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