Zoe Quinn Publically Accuses Alec Holowka (Night in the Woods) of Sexual Assault
Edit @ 09:23am GMT, 01/09/2019:
It has sadly been reported that Alec Holowka has passed away by his sister Eileen Mary Holowka. You can read about the story here.
So, we all know the entertainment industry is a hotbed of some fairly immoral actions and sorts. Whether it's the film industry with such as Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacey, or the games industry with a multitude of allegations of sexual assault or toxic environments in companies like Riot Games (recently settled a lawsuit), sexual misconduct or the use of power from social media entities like Yogscast (CEO and Caffcast to be exact) and of course some of those with any sort of power or reputation within the industry.
In this particular case, following yesterday's rape accusation of Jeremy Soule by Nathalie Lawhead, today has seen the outing of another industry veteran. In this case, Alec Holowka (Aquaria, Night in the Woods) has been accused of sexual assault, amongst other things, by Zoë Quinn. These accusations are very disturbing to read, taking places across six pages of screenshotted notes posted up by Zoë on Twitter. I will place the images below.
Now, for this to have happened to Zoë is wrong by any extent of the word and Alec Holowka, if guilty of such actions (remember folks, these are accusations - not facts), should certainly feel an insane amount of remorse and guilt. Essentially, these notes accuse Alec of sexual assault, wrongful imprisonment. Particularly the latter as he is accused of refusing to pay for Zoë's flight home from Canada, something he agreed to if she purchased her ticket there.
Edit: It has been brought to my attention that I made an error in my understanding of the first part of Zoë's six page statement. I was under the false impression that the second paragraph was regarding Alec and stated as such - for that I can only apologise to Zoë. The next paragraph is the offending part and where it now says that she was sexually assaulted, it previously stated this was Alec and that she has forgiven him.
In this Zoë states in the background to the story that she was sexually assaulted and that the person who did this has openly come to her following years of therapy and working on himself, to apologise for his actions and that she has forgiven him. For her to come out with this at any time does show strength, despite it being openly done as a response to Nathalie's accusations from yesterday, which gave Zoë the strength to tell her story.
Towards the end of her statement, Zoë states:
I don't wish any ill will on anyone. I know Alec is likely not well and I will always believe in rehabilitation over punishment. I don't want anything bad to come of this to his collaborators who may not know any of this.
Scott Benson, Co-Creator of Night in the Woods, had this to say on Twitter when it was brought to his attention:
so that was an absurdly worded tweet because it was in a stunned moment but- we believe zoe's account of alec's actions, we're very sad and very angry, this is all hitting us in the middle of the night, we'll have more to say about it tomorrow
— Henry Dubb OK (@bombsfall) August 27, 2019
I must reiterate, however, that these are accusations and until Alec Holowka releases a statement on the matter or police involvement occurs, they remain as such. You should not attack Alec or Zoë, nor should you have it impact your thoughts on what was a fantastic piece of art that is Night in the Woods or any other titles that any person here was involved with.
I have reached out to Alec for a comment regarding this via email, as his Twitter is private.