In 2019, embattled anime voice actor Vic Mignogna, accused of sexual harassment by a number of events, filed a defamation lawsuit towards former employer Funimation and several other different voice actors. The court docket dominated towards him in October of that yr, prompting him to file an enchantment. Yesterday, he not solely misplaced his enchantment on all counts, however could also be required to pay extra authorized charges to the defendants of his swimsuit.
The Court of Appeals within the Second Appellate District of Texas discovered that Mignogna didn’t present sufficient proof to show that a number of the statements made towards him had been false or that any had been made with malice. According to the court docket’s determination, Mignogna is not going to solely be accountable for paying off charges associated to his enchantment, however will seemingly should pay extra lawyer’s charges to fellow voice actor Monica Rial and her fiancé Ronald Toye. The court docket despatched Mignogna’s lawsuit again to the decrease court docket to provide you with a better, extra acceptable lawyer’s price for him to pay, partially as a result of the price of Rial and Toye’s authorized illustration exceeded the ~$125,000 the prior court docket determination had beforehand awarded the pair.
In addition to voicing Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Mignogna was a widely known voice actor behind the English dubbing of Broly in Dragon Ball Z and Junpei in Persona 3. When Dragon Ball Super: Broly was making the rounds in its U.S. theatrical launch again in 2019, tales started to flow into from a number of followers who’d met Mignogna through the years regarding sexual harassment and different innappropriate interactions.
Fellow voice actors chimed in with their very own tales. In a Twitter put up, DBZ voice actor Monica Rial corroborated accusations from different voice actors towards Mignogna which detailed comparable, inappropriate interactions with him.
Mignogna denied the claims made towards him in an extended Twitter put up in January 2019 earlier than submitting a defamation swimsuit towards Funimation, Rial, Toye, and voice actress Jamie Marchi in April. Later that yr, Texas state district Judge John Chupp dismissed Mignogna’s 17 defamation claims, prompting Mignogna to file his enchantment a couple of weeks later. He’s now misplaced the enchantment as properly, and the court docket might enhance the quantity he should pay to Rial and Toye.
When information broke of the accusations towards Mignogna, comedian conventions, Funimation, and Rooster Teeth all minimize ties with the voice actor. Mignogna was additionally changed as Broly’s—a personality he’d voiced for 16 years—voice actor in Dragon Ball FighterZ, with Bleach voice actor Johnny Yong Bosch moving into the function. For a full breakdown of Mignogna’s lawsuit, you may learn the r/AnimeDubs subreddit thread.