Bulma Voice Actress Monica Rial Shares Alleged Inappropriate Encounters With Vic Mignogna
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Voice actress Monica Rial posted a message on her Twitter account on Tuesday describing her past encounters with voice actor Vic Mignogna, saying that Mignogna would "take a fist full of my hair, pull my head back, and either whisper so closely to my ear that his lips were touching or kiss my cheek/neck," every time he saw Rial. These actions are similar to the actions that fellow voice actress Jamie Marchi accused Mignogna of doing to her. Rial added that she and others have witnessed Mignogna performing the same actions to both colleagues and fans.
Rial also described another incident where she claimed that Mignogna had forcibly kissed her in his hotel room during a convention in the mid-2000s, after Mignogna invited Rial to his room supposedly to watch a video.
Rial claims she has been threatened and "doxxed" (the act of finding and sharing sensitive information about a person) after she first shared her inappropriate encounters with Mignogna earlier this month, and implied in her message that she was receiving threatening phone calls, and has been in contact with law enforcement to ensure her safety.
Rial is one of many people both inside and outside the anime industry who have publicly accused Mignogna of kissing and embracing them without consent over the course of his career with some allegations dating back to 1989. These allegations have spread on social media over the past few weeks. Fellow voice actors have publicly issued anecdotes of their personal experiences with Mignogna or support for those speaking out via social media.
Mignogna issued a statement on February 13. In the statement, Mignogna apologizes for anything he has "said or done out of ignorance" and states he was unaware of any animosity that existed between himself and his colleagues and apologizes for any words or actions that made them feel disrespected. Finally, Mignogna states that he is taking this time to "recommit to God and seeking help from counselor" to improve.
Rooster Teeth has replaced Mignogna in the cast of RWBY, and Funimation confirmed its recast for The Morose Mononokean II and severed its relationship with Mignogna earlier this month. Many of Mignogna's convention appearances have been canceled. Mignogna issued a statement on the matter last week.
Source: Monica Rial's Twitter account