OTK Co-Founder Rich Campbell Resigns Amid Sexual Assault Allegations
Twitch's top creator collective is under fire again for its second such scandal in the past three months.
Rich Campbell, one of Twitch’s top 500 streamers, stepped down from his executive role in the platform’s most notable creator collective on Friday, just hours after another streamer publicly accused him of sexually assaulting her in January.
Campbell, a former professional esports commentator and the co-founder of One True King Media (OTK), resigned amid the allegations from Azalia Lexi, marking the second time that organization has lost one of its founders in a sexual abuse scandal in the past three months.
In a Twitlonger post on Friday, Lexi said that Campbell masturbated in front of her before forcefully penetrating and ejaculating inside of her during her time at his New York apartment in January. Campbell and Lexi had an on-and-off again sexual relationship since 2019, but Lexi said that the two had not been intimate for some time prior to this encounter.
“I have had several relationships with people that just simply did not work out and I still respect those people and would never make a false claim based on a relationship ending,” Lexi wrote. “I get nothing out of lying about this. In fact, it’s almost expected to receive ridicule when speaking about sexual assault.”
Campbell did not deny the allegations in a Tweet on Friday, but said that he needed time to collect his thoughts before making a statement. He did, however, confirm that members of OTK asked him to step down and that he agreed.
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The allegations started after Campbell’s current girlfriend, adult film star and Twitch streamer Mia Malkova, appeared on a podcast published Tuesday, in which she said that Campbell had a “pregnant fetish.” In response to Malkova’s statement, Lexi made a tweet Thursday stating that Campbell repeatedly said he wanted to impregnate her when he assaulted her. She then released the Twitlonger with more details on Friday.
OTK issued a statement on Friday confirming Campbell’s resignation.
“Today we learned of troubling allegations made against one of our founders, Rich Campbell,” the organization wrote. “Rich has resigned from OTK effective immediately. OTK stands firmly against sexual harassment and assault and is committed to upholding its core values." We’d like to thank our community for the continuous support and share your disappointment.”
In September, another founder of OTK, Matthew “Mizkif” Rinaudo, was hit with allegations of his involvement in a sexual abuse scandal. In an online argument with Rinaudo, one of Twitch’s other top streamers, Tyler “Trainwrecks” Faraz Niknam, alleged that Rinaudo and his ex-girlfriend Maya Higa, another famous creator, helped downplay and cover up a sexual assault by Rinaudo’s then-roommate, livestreamer CrazySlick.
Trainwrecks said he had spoken with Adrianah Lee, also a streamer, who had previously alleged in 2021 that CrazySlick had groped her at a house party. Afterward, Rinaudo sent Higa and Twitch streamer and musician Mitch Jones to Lee’s home to talk over the incident. Higa, Lee said, pushed her to edit her statement about the situation. In a later stream, Rinaudo called the incident “sexual harassment at a low scale” and that it was “not really a big deal.”
In the wake of the allegations resurfacing in September, OTK indefinitely suspended Rinaudo and hired a “third-party legal organization” to investigate the matter. Rinaudo issued an apology and took a three-week hiatus from streaming. He later returned, in October, and said he was “very confident” about the investigation. OTK has not yet reinstated Rinaudo or issued an update on the matter.
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Formed in late 2020, OTK consists of some of the most relevant streamers on Twitch and gaming creators on YouTube. Many of its founding group are influential “World of Warcraft” creators, including Campbell, Rinaudo, Asmongold, Tips Out and Esfand. Other members of the organization include Johnathan “JSchlatt” Schlatt, who rose to popularity in part because of his success with “Minecraft” content creation, and Thomas “Sodapoppin” Chance Morris, a top 10 followed streamer on Twitch. Since its formation, OTK has collaborated and ran events with Twitch, WePlay and other large event organizers.
Prior to co-founding OTK and some thereafter, Campbell hosted and commentated for professional esports competitions, including those in “Call of Duty,” “Dota 2” and “World of Warcraft.” He retired from commentary and hosting in September 2020 to focus on content creation and OTK.
As of Friday, unofficial ranking site Twitch Tracker ranked Campbell No. 152 among English-speaking channels on Twitch. Twitch often does not comment on users, even its top creators, who have been accused of sexual abuse. But in summer 2020, amid gaming’s own version of a Me Too reckoning, it began banning the accounts of streamers embroiled in sexual misconduct allegations, including Samuel “IAmSp00n” Earney and Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios. At time of publication, Campbell’s channel remained available on Twitch.