The Last of Us Star Ashley Johnson and Six Others Sue Brian W. Foster for Abuse
Actress Ashley Johnson and six other women, including two current employees of Critical Role, have sued Brian W. Foster for abuse in a civil case in Los Angeles. The suit, filed on Tuesday in the Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County, accuses Foster of domestic violence, intentional infli..
Actress Ashley Johnson and six other women, including two current employees of have sued Brian W. Foster for abuse in a civil case in Los Angeles. The suit, filed on Tuesday in the Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County, accuses Foster of domestic violence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, sexual battery and assault, and stalking. A copy of the complaint, which was reviewed by ComicBook.com, mentions several incidents previously stated in a restraining order filed by Johnson earlier in the year, along with several new incidents. According to the complaint, Foster made “wildly inappropriate and unwanted sexual comments” to Johnson’s sister while “fueled by drugs and alcohol.” The suit also states that Foster groped a Critical Role employee during a live event in Chicago in February 2020. Another plaintiff (named as Jane Doe) alleges that Foster groped her and “forcibly attempted to stick his hands down her pants” while sitting in the audience at a separate event that took place in Austin in November 2019.
Another plaintiff, also a current Critical Role employee, said that Foster demanded explicit photos of her and groped her during a coffee run in 2019. Two years later in 2021, Foster allegedly attempted to massage and grope the employee again at Johnson’s home while they were filming a show. The lawsuit notes that the employee did not report Foster’s conduct back in 2019 “as she feared he would retaliate against her” and “was able to manipulate [the plaintiff] into staying quiet because of the goodwill he calculatedly garnered with her at the beginning of her career.”
Critical Role provided ComicBook.com with the following statement regarding the lawsuit: “We are aware of the civil complaint that includes disturbing details about the behavior of one of our ex-employees, Brian W. Foster. While we can’t get into the specifics of the lawsuit, we want to make it clear that we had no knowledge of any of his behavior. It is heartbreaking to us that some of our colleagues went through this and we’re committed to supporting them however we can. We are working with our HR team and our staff directly to ensure our workplace and culture live up to all of our expectations.
Johnson previously filed a restraining order against Foster earlier in 2023, citing that she feared for her life after she broke up with him. The lawsuit notes that Foster allegedly began carrying two Airsoft guns and a garotte, and allegedly “commandeered Johnson’s home security cameras and microphones to monitor her and track her comings and goings.”
The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages as well as an injunction requiring Foster not to contact Johnson, her mother, and her sister and to stay at least 100 feet away from her