‘Ren & Stimpy’ Creator John Kricfalusi Accused Of Sexually Abusing Underage Girls
Creator of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon The Ren & Stimpy Show, John Kricfalusi, has been accused by two women for making sexual advances towards them when they were still teenagers.
Robyn Byrd told Buzzfeed that she was only 13-years-old when he started making sexual advances towards her. It started when she sent him a fan video about her dream to make cartoons just like him. He started sending her receiving boxes of toys and art supplies, then eventually flew her out to Los Angeles when she was 16, that’s when the relationship started getting sexual.
“I believed, as a 16-year-old dating him, ‘Oh, the world’s against us. It shouldn’t be wrong for him to date me. We’re cool and rebellious because we’re breaking the rules of society,’” she told Buzzfeed.
However, as their relationship progressed, she began to see the abuse and trauma he caused her. “He ruined a good bit of my childhood and my early adulthood [He] gave me PTSD, and forced me to change careers, putting my life 10 years or more behind,” Byrd said. “He is an abuser in the way that he will pull you into a relationship with him and then tell you who to be and what he wants from you,”
Katie Rice, who was also a fan and an artists, said she was 14 when Kricfalusi took an interest in her. They began speaking to each other on AOL. When she was 15, he allegedly sent her messages such as, “I’m crazy about you, Katie,” and “Do I ever make you tingle?”
Rice says that they never had sexual contact, however she claims Kricfalusi once masturbated while they were speaking on the phone.Then when she turned 18 and worked for him in Los Angeles, she was in his home studio when he appeared walking around his living room “with his weiner hanging out of his pants.”
“I became a better artist by working for him,” she told Buzzfeed. “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–t to deal with.”
Kricfalusi’s attorney spoke out about the allegations, stating he was emotionally and mentally fragile after the cancellation of his show. ““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.”