Zoe Quinn, the woman at the center of the GamerGate controversy, took to Twitter to accuse the controversial Hollywood screenwriter Max Landis of committing rape and sexual assault.
However, Quinn does not claim to be the victim, or know any of his alleged victims, describing only the rumors she’s heard of him in a situation similar to the controversy currently brewing in Magic: The Gathering.
Her accusations follow a report on a blog called the Nerd Stash that one of the actresses from Landis’ viral YouTube video, Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling, named Anna Akana, called the Bright screenwriter “a psychopath who sexually abuses and assaults women.”
Claims of his alleged behavior have been insinuated by others in the entertainment media scene, including standup comedian Mike Drucker, who implied that Landis’ “powerful father” covered up his actions akin to other sexual predators in Hollywood, like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.
Drucker did so without naming names, but posted his response in a thread about an “upcoming Netflix movie” that referred to Bright.
Jake, I have exactly entirely 100% no idea of whom you’re talking about but I just hope he doesn’t have a powerful father in Hollywood who’s covered up for the fucked up shit he’s done
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) December 19, 2017
Landis has been in the crosshairs of social justice warriors ever since he expressed his criticism of Daisy Ridley’s character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, describing Rey as a “Mary Sue.” The Hollywood screenwriter shared similar criticism about the female-centric movie Arrival. Since then, he has been accused of sexism and misogyny for his disagreements with his detractors online, despite his outwardly liberal views online.
Posting on her Twitter account, Zoe Quinn explicitly named Max Landis and accused the Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency screenwriter of committing sexual assault, which she referred to as an “open secret.”
“Sometimes men who commit sexual assault are talented screenwriters and their work comes with baggage,” she wrote, adding, “other times, they’re Max Landis.”
Folks were mad that a Pepe Le Pew movie was being made because who needs a movie about a rapist skunk but at least it meant max landis could switch from cringe fiction to finally writing his autobiography and writing what he knows.
It probably has been an open secret for so long because it’s hard to talk about the seriously fucked up shit he’s done when you say his name and everyone within earshot has to seek medical care from reflexively rolling their eyes so hard they sprain. you can’t control it.
I’ve been holding in this shit for years as more friends have accrued “max landis stories” bc it wasn’t my place and him & his dad are powerful figures so naturally going against that is terrifying for survivors so I’m SO glad people are finding out what a piece of shit he is.
I hope each one of his teeth break individually.”
The Depression Quest developer appeared to admit that she did not have firsthand knowledge of his alleged behavior, sharing a negative last encounter with him, in which he allegedly told one of her friends to stop being a drama queen.
my last encounter with him was watching him tell my friend on the night that her ex beat her up that since she’s gotten abused before she should figure out what she’s doing to cause all that drama for herself and not to reach out to friends about it on social media
I hope this means I don’t have to avoid more cool parties that I know he’s been invited to too because life is too short to deal with someone who is like if a gross uncle and cocaine had a baby and the baby was also a rapist
Max Landis has yet to respond to the allegations.