Tech journalist and anti-#GamerGate critic, Matt Hickey — who also happens to espouse feminist ideology — has been formally charged on three counts of rape by King County in Washington state, based on allegations from a total of five victims.
According to The Stranger, the charges that were levied against Hickey are not light. Rape in the second degree is stated as being sexual intercourse with an individual who is mentally or physically incapable of consenting under the circumstances of intercourse. They’re asking $200,000 for Hickey’s bail because they see him as a flight risk, and the prosecuting attorney has stated in the court documents that…
“The defendant has committed multiple rapes, going back as far as 2001, in which he has had sexual intercourse with women who were either too incapacitated by alcohol to know what is going on, to stop what is going on, to provide consent, or to express a lack of consent. The defendant has raped both acquaintances and women he has just met. His pattern is always the same. He provides alcohol to them, waits until they are drunk to the point they are having difficult knowing what is going on or remembering what is going on, and then has sex with them.”
“If the victim later confronts the defendant and accuses him of rape, he denies raping them and tells them they initiated it or were “into it” and that he would never rape a woman.”
According to a separate article on The Stranger published back on July 20th, 2016, Hickey had denied the accusations made by some of his victims, one of which claimed he had raped her multiple times while she was blacked out. She explained to The Stranger…
“I asked him if he had used condoms, and he said, ‘Yes, until I ran out.’ So I asked him how many times, and he said, ‘I had three condoms and then it was two or three times after that.’ So he raped me at least five times in one night while I was too drunk to stand up or walk home to my house, which was five blocks away,”
Hickey responded by saying…
“I don’t know what she’s talking about in regards to the multiple condoms and stuff—even back then in my 20s I sadly didn’t have that kind of stamina.”
Some of the women reported waking up after having blacked out, naked and feeling violated. One of Hickey’s alleged victims tried committing suicide after she discovered what he had done to her.
One of his victims told The Stranger…
“I was really ashamed and disgusted, and didn’t know how to deal with that.”
Almost all of the women have the same story about Hickey; and charges of second degree rape are being pushed forward by the prosecutor. Hickey has denied the claims of rape, however.
Originally, Hickey would lure women in under the prospect of being a pornographic star using a fake Facebook account of a woman named Deja Stwalley, who was based on a high-school crush he had. He claimed to run a porn recruitment agency. He would get them drunk and claim that in order to get into the business they would have to have sex with him. He would proceed to have sex with the women after he got them drunk enough, and in some cases, after they had passed out.
Matt Hickey used to write for the Stranger and was a contributor for Forbes. Hickey had attacked Microsoft for having gogo dancers at an after-party at the Game Developers Conference earlier this year, and also was critical of #GamerGate, attacking the consumer revolt that has been aimed at improving ethics in journalism. In the piece published on Forbes on March 18th, 2016, he wrote critically of Microsoft and gaming industry, stating…
“[…] many women are turned off by the prevalent sexism and thus don’t game. There’s money to be made by not putting off would-be gamers, and most of the industry seems to have figured that out.”
Following Hickey’s attack on Microsoft and #GamerGate, the news surfaced in June that certain women had come forward to claim that Hickey had raped them. Hickey isn’t the only male feminist to have accusations of sexual assault disrupting his social justice activism, Devin Faraci, another journalist, also came under fire for alledgedly sexually assaulting a woman recently, forcing him to resign from his position as editor-in-chief at Birth.Movies.Death.
[Update 10/15/2016:] Matt Hickey has been arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada where he was attempting to further his career as a pin-up and fetish photographer, according to The Stranger. Hickey will be arraigned in Seattle, Washington. An image of his FetLife profile can be viewed below.