Toy designer Cynthia Naugle took to blog over the weekend to recount her experiences of sexual, mental, and physical abuse by current Vertigo Comics and Starburns Press writer Eric M. Esquivel. Before going into the details of what occurred, Naugle states why she's coming froward with this information.
First, I'd like to thank the women that had come out about their sexual abusers in the past year or so. It has made me realize I am not alone.
Second, I'm back in the city where it happened to me and I recently saw him after years of not seeing him. It's forced me to relive the past, and as much as it has hurt I've now been able to start the healing process of what happened to me.
Third, to hold him accountable. To have him know I'm not going to stay quiet about this anymore. To not let him attempt to write our story with what he's told people. I'm no longer going to sit back and cringe as he tells people "We should of ended up together. She meant so much to me. It hurt me that she got away.". Our story was never one about romance.
Lastly, to make sure he doesn't do this to anyone else.
I won't go into the details of Naugle's experiences. You can read those here. Likewise, Naugle refers to Esquivel as "X" but she's given me permission to name him here. Esquivel fits the details she described as he had a Vertigo title released this year in addition to being a guest at this year's Tucson Comic Con.
She also says Esquivel has deleted all forms of social media except Twitter which has been set to private.
DC Comics has yet to comment on the accusations.