Tuesday night, Jon “Orange” Westberga longtime competitive player and content creator within the Hearthstone community announced on Twitter that he received a one-year suspension from the game’s competitive scene due to “an error in my past, which I ‘assumes full responsibility’. according to his position.
Orange shared an updated and more detailed statement on the matter on Wednesday afternoon. In it, Orange announced he would be stepping away from the gambling scene to work on himself, acknowledged the seriousness of the accusations, and said they are not all true.
According to court documents obtained by Inven Global, Orange was charged in April 2019 with one count of sexual harassment and another with a minor drug use offense in an April 2018 incident in Borås, Sweden. , involving a woman whose identity remains confidential. He accepted a plea deal and had to pay court costs and a fine of 5,000 SEK (about $500) to the victim.
A rape charge was dismissed by a judge.
According to court documents, Orange met Hearthstone community member Vera Laursen and her friend, the plaintiff, on the weekend of April 13, 2018. The trio, alongside former Hearthstone player Martin “MartinCreek” Bäcklund (Orange’s roommate at the time), hanging out, drinking, and getting drunk.
During the night, all parties fell asleep. The victim later woke up in Orange’s bed – with no clear recollection of how she got from the living room to Orange’s bedroom – with him touching her breasts under her bra, which Orange and the complainant corroborated. An investigation (including witness statements from all four parties involved) revealed that the victim revealed no indication that she was interested in a sexual act or closer intimacy with Orange, resulting in a violation of her sexual integrity, d where sexual harassment. charges.
The victim further claimed that the first time she woke up, Orange touched her abdomen and vagina – claims Orange denied during questioning – but lack of evidence prevented the charges from being filed. ‘be substantiated because alcohol played a role in the memory of all parts of the night. . The rape charge was dismissed on these grounds.
When reached to comment on Westberg’s one-year ban from the game’s competitive scene, Blizzard Entertainment released the following statement, “We do not discuss internal eligibility decisions.”