Final month, we came upon a Beavis and Butt Head revival was coming our approach someday sooner or later, and it seems to be like that is not the solely beloved ’90s grownup cartoon returning. ViacomCBS simply introduced at this time that, after 25 years of being off air, Ren & Stimpy is getting a “reimagined” replace as effectively. However will creator John Kricfalusi have something to do with it?
The now 64-year-old Kricfalusi will not participate in his present’s revival, ViacomCBS confirmed. “We’re excited to reinvent this iconic franchise with a brand new artistic group and our companions on the Nickelodeon Animation Studio,” Chris McCarthy, president of ViacomCBS Leisure mentioned at this time in an official assertion. Followers of the present have been relieved to know that Kricfalusi, who was accused of sexually abusing two teenage women, hasn’t been employed again to run the present (he was truly fired in 1992 as a result of he had hassle assembly deadlines).
What went on between Katie Rice and John “John Okay.” Kricfalusi?
Within the mid-90s, Katie Rice was 14 years outdated when she began corresponding with Kricfalusi, who she thought-about to be an inspiration on the time — she wished to get into animation and admired Ren & Stimpy. In line with Buzzfeed Information, Kricfalusi began sending Rice disturbingly inappropriate messages over AOL, telling her issues like “I am loopy about you, Katie,” and “I am fascinated by you very laborious proper now. And I’ve a bit of tickle in my chest.” He was 41 on the time.
Though Rice realized the disgraced animator was performing inappropriately towards her, she wrote in her diary on the time, “However he is by no means perverted. He’s additionally very good. He offers me lots of drawing ideas.” Rice and Kricfalusi met a number of occasions in Los Angeles and continued to correspond after she moved away to Lake Tahoe in 1996. That yr, Kricfalusi began calling her and tried to coax her into having telephone intercourse. Rice did not wish to take part, however she continued to contemplate him as a good friend.
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— Molly Goodwitch (@althussy) August 5, 2020
Per Buzzfeed Information, he even went to her 15th birthday celebration. However in 1997, Kricfalusi stopped all communication along with her and left her distraught. Throughout the identical time interval, Kricfalusi went to go go to Robyn Byrd, a junior in highschool he had additionally been grooming over time. The 2 had intercourse in a lodge room and the occasion “put into movement a sequence of selections that will reshape the remainder of her teenage years.” Byrd left her dwelling in Arizona and moved in with Kricfalusi to be his summer time intern at Spumco. He informed Byrd and her mother that he’d make her profession. Byrd, too, was an aspiring animator.
“I believed, as a 16-year-old courting him, ‘Oh the world’s in opposition to us. It should not be flawed for him thus far me. We’re cool and rebellious as a result of we’re breaking the principles of society,” Byrd informed Buzzfeed Information, including that she was informed the 25-year age distinction between them was “romantic.” Byrd was ultimately employed on full-time and moved again in with him after ending highschool.
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— Robyn *did a triumph* Byrd (@TopographicFish) September 15, 2018
By 2000, Byrd broke up with Kricfalusi and received in contact with Rice, who was 18 and simply received employed to go work with Kricfalusi at Spumco. Byrd thought that she was being “changed” by somebody youthful. Though Byrd received again along with him, they broke up once more — for good this time. In 2004, Rice was working at Disney when Kricfalusi reached out to her and “begged” her to be with him. “You used to make me very jealous…and you’d by no means admit you favored me in a romantic approach. I’d worship you and bye [sic] your greatest accomplice and good friend and all the pieces that will be good to be,” he wrote.
In 2008, Rice wrote Byrd that Kricfalusi was “doing all types of weird stuff- ready bare in his lounge for after I let myself into his home to work within the morning, strolling round along with his weiner hanging out of his pants, telling me that his good friend’s recommendation to ‘get’ me was to simply rape me sooner or later.”
Rice informed Buzzfeed Information, ““I do know what everyone’s gonna say: Why didn’t you simply depart? Properly, as a result of this asshole informed me after I was 13 that I used to be particular, and I don’t have any shallowness, so I consider it.” She ultimately stopped working with him fully after the alleged rape menace and after she claimed she noticed baby porn on his pc. (Kricfalusi’s attorneys deny that he had any possession of kid porn.) Rice reported him to the police, however the investigation did not go wherever.