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Leah 'Gllty' Hayes banned indefinitely from Capcom events for violating player code of conduct

EventHubs removing eSports photographer Chris Bahn's work from their website following allegations

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • August 14, 2019 at 5:37 p.m. PDT • Comments: 312

Capcom has just announced the ban of professional Street Fighter player Leah "Gllty" Hayes from their events following recent violations of their player code of conduct. The ban will be in effect for any Capcom owned and/or operated events, and will stay in place until further notice.

Over the course of the week, several members of the fighting game community have come forward to share their stories of harassment and sexual assault. Among the people mentioned was Hayes, who took to Twitter herself to admit to some of her wrongdoings.

"Over the past several days Capcom has received a number of troubling complaints about Leah "Gllty" Hayes from community members," Capcom's statement starts. "Following a review of these allegations and other information available to us it is clear that there have been multiple violations of our player code of conduct over an extended period.

"We therefore have concluded that we have no choice but to ban "Gllty" from all Capcom owned and/or operated events including Capcom Pro Tour and Street Fighter League until further notice. This is global prohibition, meaning it applies to tournaments and events in any location throughout the world."

On Monday, Gllty shared several tweets with followers that go into detail about some of the inappropriate behavior she has engaged in in the past.

"I've flirted with a lot of women, and in more than once instance I've made them feel uncomfortable," Gllty's Twitter thread begins, "I've made mistakes with boundaries, and I'm aware I've hurt people.

"There's a lot going on with regards to safety and comfort in event spaces. I've received a lot of harassment but I've also contributed to the toxic environment in my own ways. I'm sorry both to those who believed in me and also those I've affected negatively, or made them not want to return to events.

"It's my obligation to take responsibility. I'm not sure what to do next, but taking ownership of my own actions is the first step," Hayes said.

Chris Bahn and other allegations

We here at EventHubs also severed our relationship with eSports photographer Chris Bahn, due to recent issues with him that had come to light in the fighting game community.

We felt that keeping a relationship with Chris going was not how we wanted to represent our organization and are currently in the process of removing his work from our website.

Chris Bahn has released a statement through the website Dexerto, which reads, in part that "Given the serious nature and urgency of this matter, I am looking into every conceivable aspect that includes seeking professional help as soon as possible."

"It is imperative that I find an answer," he added. "My primary objective is to establish the healing process, push forward, and focus toward building anew."

There are many other allegations involving additional members of the fighting game community, and we are trying to gather more information at this time on these cases.

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