Capcom Distances From 'DMC5' Music Collaboration After Reports of Sexual Misconduct

The band Capcom worked with, Suicide Silence, had credible reports of the lead singer sexually manipulating a 17-year-old surfaced in 2017.

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Sep 20 2018, 3:27pm

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Earlier this week, Capcom revealed a music video for Dante’s “battle theme” in the upcoming Devil May Cry 5, a track called “Subhuman” from the notable deathcore band Suicide Silence. Soon after the video surfaced, however, fans began to circulate a 2017 report about the band, in which Suicide Silence vocalist Eddie Hermida was accused of sexually manipulating a 17-year-old girl, an allegation he formally responded to and apologized for, albeit without fully admitting to the charges.

When contacted about the report, Capcom told Waypoint it was unaware of the allegations, and was looking into alternative music options for the game. Here’s Capcom’s full statement:

“The music was recorded for the game before the incident came to light and we were unaware of the incident until now. However, as we are now aware of the current situation, Capcom has decided that moving forward, we will not further highlight the Dante battle theme for promotional purposes at this time. We are also currently evaluating what options are possible for the full game at this point, which is dependent on various factors such as resources.”

The official music video, which already had been received poorly by the Devil May Cry community, has been pulled down from YouTube. Music-only versions are still online through unofficial sources.

The 17-year-old, a longtime fan of the band, alleged Hermida was “aware I was still underage” when the two began daily communications over Twitter, which escalated into meeting in-person after concerts, and eventually requests to exchange nude photos.

In response, Hermida apologized if the woman felt “hurt, manipulated, and otherwise distressed by any of our past communication.” Hermida claimed she told him she was 18 years old. The woman claimed otherwise, and provided texts to help back up her claim.

“To all of the girls who are speaking up: you're so, so brave for getting through this and speaking up about the issues that are in this scene,” she said in a now-deleted social media post, which she removed due to "victim blaming" harassment she was receiving online.

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