- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Longtime Nickelodeon animator and the creator of “The Loud House,” Chris Savino, has reportedly been suspended amid several claims of sexual harassment.

Viacom, which owns Nickelodeon, would not confirm the news, but issued a statement to Variety saying it takes the issue of sexual harassment “very seriously.”

Viacom is committed to the safety and well-being of our employees, and to fostering a workplace free from harassment,” the statement said. “As a matter of policy, we do not comment on specific employee matters, but we take all allegations of this nature very seriously, investigate them thoroughly and take any necessary actions as a result.”

Cartoon Brew, which first reported the news, said that as many as a dozen women have accused Mr. Savino of misconduct, “ranging from unwanted sexual advances to threats of industry blacklisting after the end of consensual relationships with co-workers.”

Rumors of Mr. Savino’s behavior date back at least a decade, sources told Cartoon Brew.

It is not known whether the reported suspension will affect the third season of “The Loud House,” which is Nickelodeon’s second-most popular series behind “SpongeBob SquarePants,” Variety reported.

Mr. Savino, who has been nominated for three prime-time Emmys, has worked on a number of popular animated children’s shows, including “Dexter’s Laboratory,” “The Powerpuff Girls” and “Rocko’s Modern Life.”

The reported suspension comes amid a growing scandal surrounding disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused by more than 45 women of sexual harassment, assault or rape, according to Entertainment Weekly.

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