Posted on January 21, 2014, Phil Hornshaw Journalist Apologizes for Sexual Comments to Developer
Josh Mattingly, founder and CEO of games journalism website Indie Statik, has issued an apology after an instant message exchange between him and a woman game developer containing sexual comments was made public.
According to a Kotaku report, the Jan. 18 exchange, in which the developer remains anonymous, was posted to Facebook by fellow developer Laralyn McWilliams. In it, Mattingly questions the woman about what she might know about an unannounced game, and repeatedly makes sexual advances on her, who ignores them throughout the exchange. He offers to “kiss her vagina” in exchange for information, before flat-out just offering sexual intercourse.
The comments become increasingly graphic, and McWilliams’ version blurs out some of the most explicit material. Mattingly published a public apology on his blog and also apologized on Twitter, saying that depression contributed to his actions in the conversation, and that he was drunk at the time of the writing.
I've done regretful things in my time, but this is the worst. Words matter. I became something I hate. I am mortified http://t.co/yTHzcM9VAZ
— Josh Mattingly (@JoshMattingly) January 21, 2014
You can read the blurred account of the conversation below; an uncensored version is available here.