NRG Esports manager fired following sexual assault allegations

by Daniel Rosen Nov 6 2017
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Trigger warning: The following story includes details of an alleged sexual assault.

NRG Esports has fired Maxwell Bateman, formerly one of their managers, following allegations that he assaulted Twitch streamer Dezaray Luna.

Luna alleges that Bateman invited her over to his house after she felt sick while drinking with friends. In her TwitLonger statement, she describes Bateman as one of her “closest friends,” and says that he made the last drink she had that night. Luna says that while she went to Bateman’s to pick up her keys, she instead fell asleep on his couch and woke up coughing up blood. She then alleges she went into Bateman’s room, where he was playing video games while she passed “in and out of consciousness.”

Luna then alleges that Bateman laid down next to her and and sexually assaulted her. She says he then drove her home.

Luna has since posted screenshots of text messages allegedly between her and Bateman in which Bateman apologizes and claims he thought she was sober when the incident occurred.

According to a police report that Luna gave to theScore esports, the incident occurred between Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Luna went public on Nov. 6, and shortly after publishing her allegations on TwitLonger, NRG chairman Andy Miller tweeted that Bateman had been fired as part of the org’s zero-tolerance policy.

Bateman has yet to make a public statement regarding these allegations. He has not yet responded to a request for comment from theScore esports.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports.