A new report by Kotaku has led to the sexual abuse of a former senior official of Rockstar, the veteran Jeronimo Barrera, who is the former employee of the studio responsible for the GTA series defines a person of a volatile nature who created a toxic environment dominated by shouting and threats to its employees.
” Out of the blue. There was no warning, nothing; I have simply did what I wanted. I panic. And it seemed an eternity to me even though it was only a couple of minutes, “explains Colin Bundschu, recalling the welcome party with which Rockstar San Diego, at that time immersed in the development of Red Dead Redemption 2, offered its new employees in the year 2014. According to his story, Barrier “handled him aggressively ” and he even asked her to sit on his knees.
Another Rockstar employee, close to Barrera, had to intervene to help Bundschu. Always attending to the information of Kotaku this manager, who left Rockstar in 2018, denies having committed such actions. ” Barrera categorically denies all the accusations of misconduct of which he is accused, ” states his lawyer. On the part of Take Two, the parent company of Rockstar, they claim that they are taking “extremely serious” ” this kind of accusations; they study them and take measures to prevent them from happening again.
Bundschu says that after what happened he chose to report the matter to Rockstar’s human resources. At that time Barrera said he did not remember anything that happened because of the effects of alcohol, but then ended up denying the accusations. In the absence of witnesses, Rockstar dismissed the case as “unfounded” ” Although Bundschu points out that shortly after they gave talks of “training to prevent bullying”.
According to the story of several employees of Rockstar, Jeronimo Barrera was a “rude” person ” and ” volatile ” That threatened to fire at the minimum. A Rockstar San Diego creative claims that “we were all nervous around him”, for the ease with which I insulted and shouted at his employees. ” He was a petty guy who at all times had vendettas against other people, making the work very uncomfortable ” All the stories revolve around that idea. ” Say or do something ‘wrong’ in front of you and you could be fired instantly. It was very inappropriate in general, discussing and encouraging topics such as sex or drugs. “
This work environment proved dramatic for Bundschu. & Quot; This is something that women in the video game industry have to deal with all hours, ” says the creative. & Quot; As a white man , I thought I was immune to this kind of problem ” I’ve added. & Quot; It could have been a great job; it could have been amazing for my career.But after all this, everything changes ” left Rockstar to work for a while in Oculus virtual reality, but in the end opted to leave the videogame industry for good.