Nikasaur, a former community coordinator for League of Legends, was accused of sexual assault Thursday amid a wave of similar accusations across the game industry.
Nikasaur League of Legends: Former Community Coordinator Accused of Sexual Assault
Nikasaur, whose real name is Nika Harper and who left Riot Games in 2013, approached comic book colorist and illustrator Kelly Fitzpatrick at Emerald City Comic Con 2015, according to the account Fitzpatrick published on Twitter. Fitzpatrick described Harper as appearing visibly intoxicated and claimed Harper jumped on her back and groped her.
"At that point, I immediately pushed her off me," Fitzpatrick wrote.
"I spun around as she laughed at me like her assaulting me was just a joke. It wasn't."
Fitzpatrick says Harper went on to follow her, constantly pressuring Fitzpatrick to come to her hotel room.
"After some very clear physical advances that were obviously wanted from my body language — across the room facing towards our direction — her friend sitting in a lounge chair rushed over and grabbed her away from me and apologized. Nika did not want to leave me alone and was protesting it."
Fitzpatrick left Harper and her friend to rejoin the group of friends she'd been with previously, but Harper followed her.
"She tried coercing me up to her hotel room that night again and I told her clearly that time I didn't want to go to her hotel room," Fitzpatrick wrote.
Fitzpatrick says Harper again tried to embrace her, but she pushed her off. Harper's friend then reappeared and took her away.
"I felt ashamed," Fitzpatrick wrote. "I felt embarrassed. I was worried about my career and what others must have thought seeing that."
"We often talk about abuse happening with a man abusing a woman but not that it can happen with a woman abusing another woman."
Harper published an apology Friday.
"I remember that night, I recall it regularly with shame, and all of it was irresponsible," she wrote. "I was out of control and completely inappropriate with Kelly, not mindful of her physical space or consent, and that is abhorrent behavior."
Out of respect for Fitzpatrick, Harper says she will avoid comic conventions to respect her space.
"If I recognize her somewhere, I will be the one to leave. She should feel safe in these places, she did nothing wrong."
Fitzpatrick has yet to respond to Harper's apology.
Scores of women have come forward this week to share their stories of gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct, many concerning prominent men in the game industry. Harper is the second former Riot Games employee to be accused of misconduct following European caster Joe Miller.