Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner Leaves Esports After Assault Allegations – Forbes

Veteran esports host and broadcaster Paul “Redeye” Chaloner has announced that he is leaving the esports industry after allegations of assault were made against him over the weekend. 

Fellow esports host James Banks tweeted out a statement on June 27 that claimed Chaloner had punched another employee of Gfinity, a tournament organizer based in London, when Chaloner worked there in 2015. 

The statement claimed that after the incident Chaloner was put on leave and removed from the company shortly after, but both he and Gfinity publicly said that Chaloner was given time off to recharge and decided to leave Gfinity on his own accord. 

The statement also accused Chaloner of intentionally sabotaging other broadcast talent’s careers, and being difficult to work with and rude to staff working with him on multiple occasions. 

Paul Chaloner, James Banks and Gfinity did not respond to a request for comment prior to publication

Chaloner then countered these accusations with his own statement, which he tweeted out a few hours later, denying that the alleged assault took place. 

“I want it to be very clear: there was NO physical assault, there was no court case between the person I had the argument with, and there was no out of court settlement of any kind,” reads the statement from Chaloner. “This simply didn’t happen this way. The closed court case James has included in his statement is for an unrelated and non-esports matter that occurred prior to the argument at Gfinity, for which I was found not guilty.”

Following this Banks then tweeted out another statement, which made accusations that Chaloner had gone to court in 2015 for domestic and child abuse.

Chaloner was involved in a case in 2015 that went to court, but was found not guilty and the specifics have not been publicly revealed. 

After this statement and further accusations of blackmail made by Banks, Chaloner released a statement on Twitter that said he plans to leave the esports industry with immediate effect. 

“Following the attacks made on my character over the last few days, I have decided to walk away from esports,” the statement begins. 

“I might have been able to cope with all the shit being thrown at me (a mix of truths, half truths and falsehoods) but when my children were dragged into this, that went beyond any reasonable attack and became cruel and vicious. I went to court and was found not guilty. Dredging this up again for public consumption is not fair to me or my children.” 

Later in the statement, Chaloner revealed that his mental health had “not been great” during lockdown, and this issue had only made things worse, so he had taken the decision to leave esports in order to deal with these issues. 

He will no longer be working any events as a broadcast talent, and has resigned as Managing Director of esports agency Code Red. 

Code Red did not respond to a request for comment prior to publication.

He ended his statement by apologizing to those who he has not treated well in the past, and stating that he loved his time in esports.


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