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.

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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.

Discussion

468 comments
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.

howardorr
howardorr

An individual who wears sunglasses indoors tend to be an individual with issues.

petervaht
petervaht

His team made good games, although I didnt enjoy any of them. As a person hes such a douche, pompous and full of himself, trashtalking competitors, absolutely misguided with serious self image problems. What happened to Japanese cultural trait of being humble. Rebels like these always go home and cry into a pillow. Glad hes gone.

Lisandro_v22
Lisandro_v22

"what the hell itagaki would never do such a thing this man is a good game designer" I didn't know that if u were a good game designer u were a good person probably what happend was that she asked for money not to tell and Itagaki didn't pay, if it wasn't because of that why did he wait 3 years?

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

BlackDianWei, BEcause you were in Japan following and watching his every move right? It doesn't surprise me Tecmo ignored what was happening and told her to take care of it herself, she should have just ripped his nuts off!

_JPH_
_JPH_

@Great_Ragnarok. He just quit tecmo.

Darkblyth
Darkblyth

if it is on gamespot its true

norberto1995
norberto1995

Hmm....Seems like he's sick jacking off,dont wanna be blame him after creating all those girls from DOA seems like he want real girls now

BlackDianWei
BlackDianWei

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.

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

85,000... seems its not just in America where the legal system is messed up. If they let her win that case on just her word alone... who's to say she isn't making it all up in order to get some cash?

AC007
AC007

He should just settle with her out of court - he could just give her a headband that looks like a bunny rabbit and make this all go away XD

CompaqFS7600
CompaqFS7600

Who looks uglier Tomonobu Itagaki or Michael Jackson?????

FlareHazard
FlareHazard

I bet the girl planned this all up to get the money

1337cole1337
1337cole1337

dammn..why does such an awesome producer have to act like this..just make the games gosh.

keci_kt
keci_kt

It is really sad when someone with a hight position in a company desrespect women, or even abuse from his authority to get sex in return. Weither this is true or not i don't know i am just reading this article but that is my personal opinion. And by the way " There is always somebody watching"

Rakuho
Rakuho

HAHAHA. it this was bound to happen, especially with a perv like this dude making the DOA games. I mean it had to be either a perv or a nerd, and this guy is both. no p**sy for you Itagaki-sama.

JTQJTK
JTQJTK

i Hope He Goes To Jail

Mezame
Mezame

What a little dirty man!! He is not worthy to live! Execute! Execute!!

bonethuggery
bonethuggery

I dont think its true. He's successful so why not try n get sum money from him, and if the lady is hot.. well u know how it goes

Xorac
Xorac

man he's never going to score. mhuhuh, mhuhuhuh

deckmaster2004
deckmaster2004

I want my NG2 even if its true Itagaki cant go to jail untill NG2 HE CANT and he better continue on the 360 >.

Furan-San
Furan-San

He better continue NG for the 360 or I'll go over there and kick some sence into him...

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

That's a lot of money she tried to get.

shadowx5
shadowx5

I don't care what Mr. Itagaki San did, as long as he is focused in making Ninja Gaiden 2 exclusive to the Xbox 360! lol also delaying it so that he can use the full potential of the Xbox 360 just like he used the full potential of the original Xbox Console, are u guys with me?

gta11
gta11

It's proberly a lie.

Mafia217
Mafia217

Oh come on guys, your gonna believe that? Sure, he kissed her and all, but it doesn't mean that the woman is right, need evidence of the "incident" (as in the WHOLE incident, not the I-kissed-her-only-part.) Besides, who are you to talk about perversion when you all are the ones buying off his games....sheesh.

Ravi_1900
Ravi_1900

Really I feel its possible Itagaki do has made a game dead or alive extreme and also the rachel from "ninja gaiden series" shows too much. But anyways I am Itagaki favour!!!! Do u got me??? he made the great ninja gaiden series.

Wezker619
Wezker619

Lol wow you like A cup women your lame Itagaki!

Jebril
Jebril

Just look at his games, he's obviously one of the biggest pervs in the world. I totally respect him XD

jared9
jared9

A Guy Who Makes A Game Like Doa Has To Be Super Horny.

dustopants
dustopants

i bet she's just blowing the whole thing out of proportion, what a ****...