In response to sexual harassment allegations that spanned over 20 pages and included inappropriate comments and other concerning conduct, Elliot Isaac Gindi, the vocalist for Genshin Impact, issued an apology. Several individuals have implicated Gindi in using his fame among players of Genshin Impact to participate in sexual misconduct of followers, many of whom were young at the time of the alleged harassment. This has sparked what is shaping out to be another significant Genshin Impact issue.
It’s sad that sexual harassment and associated types of abuse aren’t exclusive to the gaming business, but things have improved since Gamergate in terms of getting victims to come forward. Public discourse has become considerably more receptive to those who want to identify harmful actors engaged in sexist, biphobic, or otherwise cruel or bigoted conduct as a consequence of these years-long, Congressionally-led awareness initiatives.
Elliot Gindi, the vocalist for Genshin Impact, was charged with seducing and inappropriately chatting with followers on social media, providing another example of this phenomenon.
One of his erstwhile moderators on Discord and Twitch produced a 19-page dossier with chat logs from three victims who claim that Gindi participated in psychological abuse, sexual misconduct, extortion, and sometimes made transphobic statements beginning in late 2022. One complainant, who believes they were young at the time, says that when he realized his actions might be exposed, he vowed to commit himself.
The voice actor behind Genshin Impact later responded to the allegations on Twitter, admitting to “all of the cringy sex language” and suicide threats. Although Gindi admitted that “what I did was incorrect and improper,” he also denied claims of seduction and compulsion, saying that all the discovered encounters were voluntary and that he “flat out refused” anybody he knew to be underage. The accusation that he was transphobic because he refused to utilize one of the plaintiffs’ chosen pronouns was also refuted by him.