Yesterday, documents surfaced showing that Gearbox and former general counsel Wade Callender are suing each other. Callender is accused of borrowing company money and never returning it, as well as living lavishly on the company card. Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford is accused of financial misdeeds at both Gearbox and a real estate business he owns along with Callender, as well as sexual misconduct.
Since our last article on the developing story, Gearbox and Pitchford have issued new statements. Pitchford totally denied all of the allegations against him in a series of tweets decrying Callender’s lawsuit as nothing more than a shakedown for money.
“The attacks made by my former friend and colleague have no basis in reality or law. He is simply trying to shake me down for money. We will win, but because lawsuits are pending I can’t comment as much as I’d like. I am shocked by his lies. Thanks for your love and support.”
“As a father, I find crimes against children to be especially repugnant. It is very painful that a former friend and colleague would lie to try to associate me with such vile behavior in his own greedy pursuit of money.”
“As the day progresses, I am discovering who my my friends are. Thank you for your love and support. I am just going to try to focus on my work and trust that truth and justice will prevail with the courts.”
— Randy Pitchford
Additionally, Pitchford and Gearbox addressed the accusations of “Peacock Parties” in which underage girls were allegedly harassed to Pitchford’s amusement. Pitchford owns the Peacock Theater where he has hosted a variety of performers. Gearbox and Pitchford deny that any such parties ever occurred at the venue.
They also assert that they have recorded footage of every performance at the theater. The footage has not been released publicly, which Gearbox says is due to the fact that they would need consent from all performers involved. Pitchford encourages fans to follow the theater on Twitter.