DOA producer slapped with sex suit

Female coworker reportedly claims Tomonobu Itagaki made repeated unwanted advances--and that Tecmo didn't do enough to stop it.

A woman who worked with Tomonobu Itagaki is claiming that the Tecmo developer's fixation on females extends well beyond the virtual world of the Dead or Alive Xtreme series.

Tomonobu Itagaki, in happier times.

Japanese site Zakzak is reporting that a female former coworker of Itagaki's is suing him for sexual harassment for a number of events dating back to September, 2003. The woman claims that after wining and dining Tecmo business associates one night, she and Itagaki shared a cab ride home since they lived in the same direction. Once in the vehicle, she says Itagaki groped her and forcibly kissed her, adding he "even stuck his tongue in [her] mouth." She says he continued his advances after exiting the cab.

Following that cab ride, she says Itagaki locked her in a conference room on several occasions and made unwanted sexual advances, according to Zakzak. The article also cites incidents at a "game industry convention in the US in May of last year," likely referring to the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

The woman says that Tecmo mishandled the situation when she complained about Itagaki's behavior, telling her to handle it herself. When a new personnel manager was appointed she brought the issue up again, and Itagaki was demoted from an executive position to a regular employee, though his role in the company remained unchanged and no reason was given for the demotion.

Zakzak reports that Itagaki has admitted to kissing the woman, but said it was a mutual relationship. She is seeking 10,000,000 yen (almost $85,000) in damages. As of press time, attempts to contact Tecmo for comment had been unsuccessful.

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529 comments
bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

the woman probably spilled acid on his on face after his many advances

179107199999
179107199999

well i still wish he was at Tecmo. His DoA and Ninja Gaiden games were better than the stuff now espcially when it comes to unlocking stuff

Eraldus
Eraldus

DId someone threw acid on his face or set it on fire by any chance???

kazetsukai2
kazetsukai2

Really guys? Its from 06' and he was found innocent. There, problem solved.

Blue-Sky
Blue-Sky

This article was written in 2006.


Why is it on GS's news feed?

deliciouspoints
deliciouspoints

How come his face looks so pock marked and scary? I don't understand.. =(

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

With the dough he must be havin' hireing high class prostitutes shouldnt be hard to fill his needs.

MajinVegetaGT87
MajinVegetaGT87

$85,000 over a kiss!? Why not let the whole office grope her, at least then she could retire in style SMH.

tekyondo
tekyondo

who cares, she probably liked it

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

not to sound incentive but is this guy a burn victim or just really badly ( and i mean really badly) pox marked 

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

What a random article to link to. It's so old. On the subject though, I'd be surprised if that creep wasn't sexually harassing women.

shauneepeak
shauneepeak

Not saying she is lying but why wait 11 years? I know women still have it pretty rough in Japan but don't think things have improved very much since 2003.

$85K isn't very much Tecmo would be better off to just pay her and get this over with as quickly as possible. If I was sexually harassed though I would be less concerned with the money and more focused on getting the person fired.

littlestreakier
littlestreakier

Hopefully the girl is being truthful and not just slandering his name.

imit4ted
imit4ted

Does it not occour to people that there are some vindictive heartless bitches in this world....... I've called a girl a slut before. ' SEXUAL HARASSMENT'' pffffftttt get a fucking grip people. Oh by the way she was a slut. . .

Freethinker101
Freethinker101

"what the hell itagaki would never do such a thing this man is a good game.designer and he will never sexual assault a woman.and his life it;s just a rumor and a bunch of crap" This has to be the stupidest thing I have ever heard. Just because someone is good at their job it dosn't mean that they are not capable of such things. Was Mike Tyson inoccent just because he was a good boxer? Or OJ Simpson just becasue he was a good footballer? These people are not gods, they are human beings, capable of human actions. The fact is whether he is innocent or not it should be decided on the evidence, and not on the fact that he is good at his job. Also the above attitude is why so many woman don't come forward and report abuse or rape!

awmace5
awmace5

he is a horny child stuck in a man's (if thats what u wanna call him) body and cant get a chick for himself. he should be thrown out cuz his little gay fighting games arent that great of a series anyways.

G4m3F4c3
G4m3F4c3

Well, i guess you could tell he was a perv and a jackass by looking at Ninja Gaiden games... Those thing are sadistically hard and full of oversized boobies :\

Heldelance
Heldelance

It's a Japanese thing I suppose. They do have a lot of weird sex things happening there.

Pliger
Pliger

@179107199999 How's it different? I'm curious, I haven't played all of the games in their entirety.

buzzoinks
buzzoinks

@gameroutlawzz It's a completely different thing. Some a-holes get off on forcing themselves on an un-receptive person. Similarly, people will wonder "That 'john' is sooo good looking, why does he pay for sex?"

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Pro r@pe culture at its worst, right here.

Pliger
Pliger

@darklord_86 He was found innocent, Tecmo's internal investigation says her claims were basically bunk.

buzzoinks
buzzoinks

@suppaphly42 Your takeaway from this story about sexual harassment is the perpetrator has bad skin? That's like criticizing the facial hair of a pedophile.

h8GWB
h8GWB

@canuckbiker I know, right?  I mean, before I actually linked here and saw the date, I was thinking, 

"Again???  I figured he learned to be more discreet when objectifying women since then."

buzzoinks
buzzoinks

@shauneepeak so on one hand Tecmo should pay her off, but on the other, you wouldn't be concerned if it were you?

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Dude, this article is from 2006. Also, that guy was a big deal in the company, she wasn't. If she made complaints they'd fire her, and keep him.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Yes, it's always the victims fault, for making him want to assault her.

buzzoinks
buzzoinks

@Heldelance You think sexual harassment is "a Japanese thing"? I hope I'm misunderstand something.

179107199999
179107199999

@Pliger @179107199999 You have to pay outrageous prices for costumes in Doa5 and you might as well wait until the final version of the game comes out IF it is the true final version. They went all capcom on Doa5 and Ninja Gaiden 3 was dumbed down with an easy kill mechanic.

rad8045
rad8045

@Pliger @darklord_86  Tecmo's internal investigation ? Oh I am sure the whole investigation would have been fair and legit.

Pliger
Pliger

@buzzoinks @suppaphly42 Itagaki's not a perpetrator though, as we now know. He was found innocent by the courts and Tecmo was able to conclude that the woman was having an episode of some sort and lying about the consensual nature of their affair. Probably because Itagaki is married with a kid and that kind of jazz.

littlestreakier
littlestreakier

Wow, GameSpot deleted my initial post of telling you a personal experience with one of my friends and his ex being untruthful and pressing charges that fell through in court. Guess we can't tell real life stories here...

Anyways, my point was I hope both sides are being truthful. I never said he didn't do it or she's lying about it. This also isn't a matter of who's fault it is...

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

@Pliger @awmace5 And you just responded to an almost 5 year old comment on an 8 year old article...


...guess I'm not much better.

Pliger
Pliger

@darklord_86 @Pliger No. The COURT found him innocent. Tecmo's investigation is just the only public declaration of why the woman was accusing him, as that's not really the court's concern beyond convicting or acquitting him.

Pliger
Pliger

@rad8045 @Pliger @darklord_86 See my response to darklord. I'll also add that there's not a ton to be had in the argument that Tecmo buried a legitimate sex assault for the reputation of one of their headlining talents, as it's not like Itagaki and Tecmo had the best employee-employer relationship. If he was really guilty, I doubt they'd cover it up.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Yes, I know that instances like those exist, I can also tell you personal stories of women I'm close to that were sexually assaulted, just about every woman on the planet has at least one story of unwanted sexual attention. It just seems strange your first instinct was to imply that she might be lying, instead of the creator of one of the most masogynistic games in the industry, being a completely creepy pervert. Japanese culture has very little respect for women to this day, all you need to do is witness some of their hentia r@pe, fantasy p0rn for this to be painfully obvious. I think this girl is very brave for confronting her assaulter.

Pliger
Pliger

@spikepigeo @Pliger @awmace5 Well, I wasn't going to, but others were doing the same thing. So what the hell. It hadn't been mentioned yet, at least in this part of the thread, so there it is for anyone else who might want to echo the same jackass-remarks.

littlestreakier
littlestreakier

I donno, I guess from my personal experience seeing how stressful it was for my friend to go through something he didn't do just brought back memories. I've had female friends that had terrible experience with SOB men also. It goes both ways. My initial intention wasn't to imply that she was lying, I'm sure it took a lot of courage for her to come forward with that information. I clearly didn't phrase it properly, sexual offenses are big deals and whatever happened I just hope the truth comes out. If he did it then obviously he needs to pay the consequences of his actions. If not then it's a lot of stress for him on something he didn't do.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

I get what you're saying now. It's really fkd up that people would lie about that sort of thing just for petty revenge. It makes the system so much harder for those actually traumatized by sexual assault. Here in Canada we have 0.3% conviction rate for sexual assaults. Most people don't bother with trying to prosecute, because of how the judicial system drags out there entire sexual history, and treats them like a criminal in front of there family, friends, and the rest of the court, for being violated. It would be just as miserable being wrongfully prosecuted. Some people are just fking horrible.

littlestreakier
littlestreakier

Yea I completely agree, it is really messed up when people lie about something like this because like you said it makes it harder for the people being truthful about it. Like our personal experiences had us view this topic from different angles although in the end we still wanted the same thing, justice. It's good to see another level head person on GameSpot, I feel like that's rare these days.

TBH with the type of games he made I wouldn't be surprised if it's true. But I just didn't want to pass any judgement until all the facts were out.