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Vic Mignogna No Longer a Member of RWBY Cast

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Multiple convention appearances cancelled, Mignogna issued an apology at Bak-Anime

Production company Rooster Teeth reached out to Anime News Network on Monday to issue a statement regarding voice actor Vic Mignogna's role in the animated series RWBY.

Effective today, Vic Mignogna is no longer a part of the cast of RWBY and Rooster Teeth is ending all associations with Mignogna. This will not affect the creative content of RWBY.

Mignogna voiced the reoccuring character Qrow Branwen in the series. Rooster Teeth did not announce who will replace Mignogna in future episodes.

Rooster Teeth's statement comes in the wake of allegations leveled against voice actor Vic Mignogna last month. 56-year-old Mignogna was accused by a number of con attendees of kissing and embracing them without consent over the course of his career with some allegations dating back to 2008.

Fellow voice actors have publicly issued anecdotes of their personal experiences with Mignogna or support for those speaking out via social media. Monica Rial posted an image on her Instagram page with the text "I Believe and Support Survivors" on January 31. Similarly, Alex Moore and Aaron Roberts also shared a supportive messages.

Neil Kaplan shared his own story of an encounter with Mignogna on Monday. In the story, he recounts how Mignogna "mounted" him without warning at MegaCon 2008 in Orlando. Kaplan shared a video of the incident.

Kaplan wrote: "Why is it embarrassing? Well, the dude presses his junk into the back of my neck. I felt violated and upon further review I realize that instead of a handshake, the dude mounted me. He didn't know me... and he MOUNTED ME!!!" I tried to play it off and make a joke. But it was vile and rude. But, he was popular, so what was I gonna do other than let it go and move on.

Stephanie Sheh shared Anime News Network's article on Twitter and later followed up with a Tweet about negative reactions she received for sharing it, even without a personal comment attached. Voice actor DC Douglas posted a longer thread detailing the considerations and difficulties he had prior to sharing the article. He expressed he was initially concerned about how engaging in the issue might affect his ability to continue working in the industry and how that can have a silencing effect. Caitlin Glass shared Biblical scripture, John 1:8-10, which talks about confessing sin and receiving God's forgiveness.

Other voice actors' thoughts are shared below.

Since the allegations came to the surface, all but five of Mignogna's 18 convention appearances scheduled for 2019 are cancelled. Mignogna was at the Bak-Anime convention in Bakersfield, California last weekend where he delivered a tearful apology to the attendees.

Mignogna is well known for voicing popular anime characters like Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Tamaki in Ouran High School Host Club, Zero in Vampire Knight, and Fay D. Flourite in Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE. He recently starred as Broly in the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film currently in U.S. theaters.

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