'Ren & Stimpy' creator's years of harassment, predatory behavior detailed in new report

John Kricfalusi, the creator of The Ren & Stimpy Show on Nickelodeon, is being accused of workplace sexual harassment, statutory rape and possession of child pornography in a new story by Buzzfeed News.

In the report, published Thursday, two women, Robyn Byrd and Katie Rice, allege that Kricfalusi, an influential animator who has also animated two sequences for The Simpsons and created art for Miley Cyrus' Bangerz tour, pursued them as teenagers. In Byrd's case, she became a live-in girlfriend at the age of 16; Rice alleged years of sexual harassment when she worked at Kricfalusi's Spumco animation studios in Los Angeles.

Byrd alleged that Kricfalusi struck up a mentor-mentee relationship with her after she, an aspiring cartoonist, sent him a letter at age 13. Later, Kricfalusi visited her at home in Arizona and flew her out twice to Los Angeles when she was 16 years old. On the second visit, Kricfalusi procured Byrd an internship at his studio and began living with her.

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Robyn Byrd was 13 years old when she first reached out to then 39-year-old John Kricfalusi, asking for guidance about her dream career in animation. She soon began receiving boxes of gifts from him and invites to visit him in Los Angeles. He first allegedly had sex with her at 16, when he was in his 40s.

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Kricfalusi allegedly showed to friends lewd cartoons he'd drawn of Robin Byrd, his underage girlfriend, including one that showed her naked with an animal ejaculating on her. He also allegedly displayed Polaroid photos of her performing sex acts on him.

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Katie Rice, then 14 years old, also wrote to Kricfalusi about her dream to become a cartoonist. They began corresponding; her parents thought he was giving her career advice. During late-night phone calls, he would ask her to recite obscene sexual phrases while he masturbated.

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Rice became disenchanted with Kricfalusi, she said, after discovering child porn on his computer. She believes the subject was around 10 yers old. An ex-girlfriend of Kricfalusi also says she saw nude images of young girls on his computer years later, around 2007.

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Kricfalusi allegedly said he was going to "rape" Rice; his attorney has claimed that it was a joke.

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Kricfalusi attended one of his 15-year-old female fans' birthday parties in Nevada after repeated incidents of sexually pursuing her via phone calls and online conversations.

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In an interview with Howard Stern in the mid-1990s, when Stern commented that an animated character was hot, Kricfalusi responded, smiling, "She's underage, too."

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After she graduated high school at age 17, she began living with him permanently until they temporarily separated in 2000 and permanently in 2002. The age of consent in California, then and now, is 18.

Rice, an artist, said that Kricfalusi began hitting on her and masturbating while he was on the phone with her when she was a minor. At 18, when Rice was offered and accepted a job at Spumco, she said he sexually harassed her. Rice additionally alleged to having found child pornography on Kricfalusi's computer.

In response to the Buzzfeed story, Nickelodeon declined to comment and Paramount TV, the network that was formerly Spike TV, which ran a 2003 reboot of Ren & Stimpy, Adult Party Cartoon, said that it did not receive any complaints against Kricfalusi at the time.

A spokesperson for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim said the same.

The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Kricfalusi's representatives and Nickelodeon for comment.


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