Leslie Benzies, former head of Rockstar North has decided to sue the company, Take-Two Interactive and Houser brothers for ‘forcefully’ terminating him and his royalty payments.
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By the end of year 2014, Leslie Benzies was on sabbatical and after time span of 17 months, during January 2016, Rockstar reported that the former head Benzies has decided ‘not to return’. In the meanwhile, Benzies stated that he was trying to return to the office but was unable to enter his office due to deactivation of his access.
“While on sabbatical, Mr. Benzies discovered numerous deceptions on the part of Take-Two, Rockstar, Rockstar North Ltd, Sam Houser and Dan Houser, who sought to force him out of the company and terminate his portion of royalty payments based upon arbitrary actions by the company’s royalty Allocation Committee, a committee that may or may not have actually ever met,”
“Mr. Benzies found himself unable to enter the Rockstar North office because his facilities access device had been deactivated,” the statement says. “After being let inside by building security, Mr. Benzies was then ordered to leave by the Rockstar North office manager without reason” – Christopher Bakes, from legal team of Benzies.
Soon after the news broke, Rockstar decided to respond over the comments of former head and declined those allegation. According to the company, the statements are ‘without merit’.
“Leslie Benzies was a valued employee of our company for many years. Sadly, the events that culminated in his resignation ultimately stem from his significant performance and conduct issues. Despite our repeated efforts to address and resolve these issues amicably both before and after his departure, Leslie has chosen to take this route in an attempt to set aside contract terms to which he previously agreed on multiple occasions,”
“His claims are entirely without merit and in many instances downright bizarre, and we are very confident this matter will be resolved in our favor. A core ethos since Rockstar’s inception has been the concept of ‘the team’. It is deeply disappointing and simply wrong for Leslie to attempt to take personal credit for what has always been the tremendous efforts of the entire Rockstar team, who remain hard at work delivering the most immersive and engaging entertainment experiences we can for our fans.”