For over a month, Minnesota attorney Nick Rekita has been covering allegations levied against the anime voice actor Vic Mignogna while providing a unique take by presenting everything through a legal point of view.
Mr. Mignogna is known for voicing characters such as Broly in the Dragon Ball series and Edward Elric in the Fullmetal Alchemist series. In the past month several voice actors from Funimation and Rooster Teeth, as well as several cosplayers, have accused him of sexual misconduct. To date, evidence has failed to surface with some accusers outright refusing to provide any evidence. One of the main accusers, Monica Rial, protested, "You are not entitled to evidence or information just because you're a random fan on the internet. You don't know all the details. The truth will come out." Later asserting, "If there is evidence do you really think that you, a random fan online, would be privy to that information?"
Receiving negative coverage has perturbed many individuals who are likely ensnared in the ongoing controversy, as multiple ethics complaints have been sent to the Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility. Most of, if not all, currently assert that Mr. Rekita has made mean or unpleasant statements about them on the internet.
However, one stood out from the rest, the complaint sent in by Sakura-Con's long time Vice-Chairman Tom Allmendinger.
Sakura-Con is an annual anime convention put on by Asia-Northwest Cultural Education Association and is held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington. This year's event is currently scheduled to host several of the voice actors that are embroiled in the ongoing Vic controversy, including Jamie Marchi and Monica Rial.
Unlike the others, Mr. Allmendinger brought up Mr. Rekieta's statements about conventions being legally liable for actions or statements that infringe Constitutional Amendments if they're hosted in a government controlled center or facility.
The complaint was showcased on Mr. Rekieta's weeknight YouTube livestream Lawsplaining The Interwebs as he has done with previous ethics complaints. Here is what was submitted to the Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility by Mr. Allmendinger,
The video listed in regards to conventions is Mr. Rekieta's video Real Lawyer Explains Vic Mignogna's Potential LAWSUIT - Asks For Help!. In which he stated,
The Pensacon example brought up has to do with them threatening publicly on Twitter to arrest anyone who attends their convention that questions about Mr. Mignogna, as reported by Bounding Into Comics. Pensacon, an annual multi-genre convention, is held at the Pensacola Bay Center located in Pensacola, Florida with the center being owned by Escambia County.
A few days before the video mentioned above was published, Mr. Rekieta brought up the convention venue notion for the first time in his livestream Social (Media) Justice Panel - Yellowflash, Gator, AnimeOutsiders Talk Vic Mignogna!. Stating,
In what could be a twist of irony, Mr. Allmendinger's complaint seems reasonably unethical. Especially when his convention is set to host several voice actors who are currently receiving unpleasant press from Mr. Rekieta over their actions. Voice actors who are suppose to bring in monetary gain for the convention.
One can realistically infer that Mr. Allmendinger is attempting to stop the notion of conventions hosted at government facilities, from being legally liable if they infringe upon Constitutional Amendments from spreading. Which poses the question of either incompetence or malice. Malice being Sakura-Con possibly denying attendance in the past over constitutionally protected speech and Mr. Allmendinger doesn't want those previous attendees to take action.
Sakura-Con and Mr. Allmendinger was contacted for comment on the incident, but have not respond back to Fotisi at time of publication.
If you have ever attended Sakura-Con or any other events by their parent organization Asia-Northwest Cultural Education Association, and have witnessed or were kicked out, banned or stopped from entering due to speech that is or could be protected under the First Amendment, let us know over on our social media or at [email protected].
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