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Original Bayonetta Actress Releases New Statement to ‘Defend Myself and My Reputation’

Former Bayonetta voice actress Helena Taylor has taken to Twitter to defend herself against claims that she is a “liar and gold digger” in connection with the ongoing controversy surrounding Bayonetta 3. did.

Last weekend, Taylor took to Twitter to express his frustration at being allegedly offered just $4,000 to voice Bayonetta in the upcoming game. bloombergJason Schrier When VGCAndy Robinson of This, citing multiple sources and documents, contradicts the account that Taylor was only offered $4,000 to reprise her role as Bayonetta.

Today, the voice actor released a new statement via Twitter in an attempt to protect himself and his reputation in the industry.

PlatinumGames reportedly tried to hire Taylor for up to five four-hour sessions, paying between $3,000 and $4,000 per seat. According to VGC, the total fee amounted to around $15,000, which was significantly more than Taylor paid for his previous title.

Taylor reportedly declined the offer, asking for a six-figure sum and the rest to be paid in exchange for his involvement in the project.

In a series of tweets, Taylor said that her initial offer from PlatinumGames (which she declined) totaled $10,000, and that she received another $5,000 offer after interacting with Hideki Kamiya.

Taylor said she turned down $15,000, and 11 months later she also turned down an offer of $4,000 to say “a few lines” as a flat fee.

According to Taylor, the claim that no major negotiations took place and that she was offered $4,000 for five recording sessions was, in her own words, “absolutely hoaxed.” Additionally, she denies negotiating for her six-figure payment.

“There were no major negotiations,” Taylor tweeted. “I was also told about some ridiculous fiction, like asking for $250,000. I’m a team player. I just asked for a fair and cost of living commensurate with the value I bring to this game.”

The veteran voice actor also said he was paid a “surprisingly low” £3,000 for the original Bayonetta game and a “little bit more” for Bayonetta 2.

Taylor ended the Twitter thread by telling supporters that the money from fan signatures will be donated to charity.

On October 15, Taylor posted a series of videos to Twitter, accusing Bayonetta franchise developer PlatinumGames of paying an insultingly low fee to voice the game.

In the video, Taylor explained that she rejected an initial “insulting offer” from PlatinumGames to reprise her role in Bayonetta 3, a franchise she claimed was worth $450 million. She then wrote to Hideki Kamiya, the director of the series, writing, in Taylor’s own words, “Ask him what I deserve.”

According to Taylor, Kamiya explained that he was grateful for her work on the series. declined, prompting PlatinumGames to approach Mass Effect’s Jennifer Hale for the role.

In total, the videos Taylor posted have since racked up over 10 million views, sparking debate over voice actor payouts in the gaming industry in an ongoing controversy.

They’re also overshadowed by the impending release of Bayonetta 3, one of Nintendo’s biggest releases this holiday season.

Anthony Wood is a freelance science writer at IGN.

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