SWATting Hoax Conducted by a Vic Mignogna ‘Investigator’

If you haven’t been following the Vic Mignogna controversy, Sony-owned, anime distributor Funimation removed the voice actor from The Morose Mononokean 2, the second season of the supernatural comedy anime and officially ended its relationship with the voice actor, whose work includes Fullmetal Alchemist and Dragon Ball Super: Broly.

Mignogna worked closely with Funimation throughout his career, starting with the role of Dragon Ball’s Broly in 2003. This comes after Rooster Teeth replaced Mignogna from RWBY two weeks ago, following sexual harassment and homophobia allegations, as well as some anime fans’ claims of his “unprofessional behavior” at conventions. While similar claims were alleged in 2010, they gained momentum around the theatrical release of Dragon Ball Super: Broly, in which Mignogna voices the main character. 

Anime News Network then decided to publish negative accounts from several con-goers about Mignogna, but provided no evidence of the claims being made. Soon thereafter, some of Mignogna’s fellow voice actors and industry professionals began making similar claims on social media, all without proof.

One Angry Gamer has found that one of these fellow voice actors, Funimation voice actress and Saiko Studios head, Samantha Inoue-Harte, attempted to create a narrative that would support the narrative that Mignogna’s supporters were dangerous misogynists.

They report:

Samantha Inoue-Harte, was discovered to have been involved in a SWATting hoax. According to some internet sleuths, they managed to uncover the plot to smear supporters of anime voice actor, Vic Mignogna, who has been tarred with allegations of misconduct. Originally, on February 16th, 2019, voice actress Samantha Inoue-Harte posted a now deleted message on Facebook stating…

“[R]eactivated Facebook. Ugh. Vic’s fans were just extra terrible yesterday. Got tired of their constant victim blaming and their hate.

“I just can’t deal with it when people suggest threats of violence towards me. Repeatedly. Especially while I’m still recovering from being sick.”

On February 18th, 2019, Harte posted now deleted messages on Facebook claiming that she had been SWATted, and blamed Vic Mignogna’s fans for the incident.

On Facebook she wrote…

“Dafuq. House got swatted.

“Thanks Vic. Your fans are victim blaming Assholes.

“Spend most of the morning fixing my door frame and replacing the door.

“Police apologized and helped replace the door.

“I’m fine. Just pissed. It was at my rental house, not the one I live in daily.”

Fellow Funimation voice actor, Sean Schemmel, who is known for voicing Goku in Dragon Ball Z, also chimed in with his support via Twitter. However, it turned out that it was all fake.

On the evening of February 18th, 2019, Twitter user ChambersofHeart posted up screenshots of the evidence, showcasing that the SWATting incident actually occurred back on August 19th, 2016.

 

In the screenshots it shows that the images that Harte had used in her post claiming that she had been SWATted, actually came from the screenshots she used in the August 19th, 2016 post claiming that she had been SWATted.

ChambersofHeart also posted the message from the now private Facebook page where Harte had explained what happened on the morning of August 19th, 2016, where she wrote…

“So this happened early this morning. Williamson county police battering rammed my front door before dawn.

“I wasn’t there. But they knocked loudly on the door close to 3am and when the family woke up and went to answer the door, the police proceeded to ram the door open even though the family and kids kept saying that they would open the door for them.

“When the police came in, they aimed their guns at the family and searched the house.

“Police informed me that they had received a call saying that there was a burglary in progress in my house.

“So rather than knock on the door and let the family living there answer the door like civilized people, police rammed the door in. The family allowed the police to come in and brewed them coffee. But when the police were asked if they would pay for the damages the response was that they had “reasonable doubt” that there was a burglary going on.

“So yeah….getting a new door installed tomorrow morning at 8:30am…have to replace the door jam and the door.

“If I find out who made that call I am going to go Medieval on their behinds. Nearly $420 for a new door….and paying for door jam and contractor is making it close to $800 that I didn’t plan on shelling out because of someone making a false call.

“Police came by at 8:30am to drink more coffee and to apologize….but apologizing doesn’t replace a broken door.”

YouTuber Memology 101 also did a video with the images of the Facebook posts and of the door from 2016 to basically piece it all together within the span of a two minute video.

About an hour after the tweets went live pointing out that the SWATting was a hoax fabricated by Harte, the voice actress proceeded to delete/private her Facebook posts and privatize the account.

 

There’s much more at this link. One Angry Gamer has been covering the Vic Mignogna allegations for a while, and have been doing what is considerably the most transparent and thorough reporting on the matter when compared to sites merely parroting the fact that allegations have been made and consistently implying that no one should ever be skeptical of evidence free allegations

It’s still amazing that in 2019, people continue to pounce on evidence-free allegations even after the embarrassing head-fake that smeared the Covington Catholic boys, and accepted Jussie Smollett’s tale as gospel, along a myriad of other hoaxes like this one that are created only to victimize people who only wish to believe people are innocent until proven guilty. 

Chris Braly

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