John Kricfalusi and his jail bait
If the ongoing accusations that your favorite beloved celebrities are actually predatory monsters hasn't completely destroyed your childhood yet, then let this tidbit finish it off: the creator of Ren & Stimpy is a pedo.
The creator of the popular Nickelodeon children’s show John Kricfalusi, 62, has been accused by two women of making sexual advances toward them when they were underage.
One of the women, Robin Byrd, told the outlet she was 13 when she sent the cartoonist a video about her ambition to create cartoons like him. They then, she says, started up a friendship which turned sexual three years later.
She alleges that when she was 16, he flew her to Los Angeles and, while staying at his home, touched her genitals through her pajamas. The incidents allegedly continued and culminated when Kricfalusi flew her to Los Angeles for an internship at his studio, Spumco, and she started living with him as his girlfriend and intern, BuzzFeed reports.
Kricfalusi's attorney denied most of the allegations made in the interview, such as Kricfalusi possessing child pornography or exposing himself, but did admit to having a relationship with a 16-year-old.
“For a brief time, 25 years ago, he had a 16-year-old girlfriend. Over the years John struggled with what were eventually diagnosed mental illnesses in 2008,” his attorney told the outlet. “To that point, for nearly three decades he had relied primarily on alcohol to self-medicate. Since that time he has worked feverishly on his mental health issues, and has been successful in stabilizing his life over the last decade. This achievement has allowed John the opportunity to grow and mature in ways he’d never had a chance at before.”
I don't know about you, but this sounds like a Kevin Spacey excuse to me. "It was a hard time for me, so I touched some kids."
John Kricfalusi and his other jail bait
The other woman (girl at the time) Katie Rice alleges she was 14 when Kricfalusi took an interest in her. They began speaking to each other on AOL (cybersexing on AOL with the Ren & Stimpy creator, it doesn't get anymore 90's than that!), where the conversations between them made her feel "special."
While they never had sexual contact, Rice claims Kricfalusi once masturbated while they were speaking on the phone.
The sexual harassment mounted, she claims, when she began working for him in 2000 when she was 18. In one instance, Rice alleges that she was working at Kricfalusi’s home studio when he appeared walking around his living room “with his weiner hanging out of his pants.”
Rice claims she once found photographs of naked girls, one of whom appeared to be around 10 years of age, on his computer. She told BuzzFeed News she attempted to report the images to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children three times.
“I became a better artist by working for him,” she said. “I’m not grateful for it. I wish I hadn’t. I wish I were a worse artist now and I didn’t have all this bulls—to deal with.”
If you're a Ren & Stimpy fan, then you're probably not having a happy, happy, joy, joy time with this news. But if any cartoon was going to be made by a sicko with weird/illegal/traumatizing tendencies, I think it would have to be the bizarre psycho-trip that is Ren & Stimpy, if nothing else.