Brazilian LoL Personality MiT Accused of Sexual Assault
We’re a week into 2021, and we have our second set of allegations of a member of the esports community being absolutely wretched. Gabriel “MiT” Souza is a former LoL player, coach and caster, and has been accused of sexual assault. This comes from Daniela Li, who posted her allegations on Twitter. MiT is a pretty big name in the Brazilian League community, working with teams like Flamengo Esports and paiN Gaming in the past. These are very serious accusations and resulted in Riot Games not bringing him back for the 2021 CBLoL casters team.
What Was Alleged?
It’s never easy to talk about sexual assault, whether it’s LoL luminary MiT or anyone else being accused. These accusations shouldn’t be downplayed either. Through Li’s courage though, other people in the Brazilian esports community have come forward with their allegations of other players. Though Gabriel “MiT” Souza has yet to speak about being accused of sexual assault. We’ll keep our eyes on that situation as it develops.
We aren’t publishing Li’s Twitter handle here out of respect for her privacy, and to avoid leading people to harass her over her accusations. After Li made her accusations, a cosplayer, Debora Fuzeti said she went through the same with Souza.
You can view a translated version of Li’s account of the situation below, courtesy of The Esports Observer. Please be aware that it does depict an alleged sexual assault.
“A few years ago, 6-7 years ago, I matched up with a guy on Tinder, who I already knew who [he] was because he was a coach for one of the biggest teams in LoL, I thought it was amazing to be in that environment and stuff. We started to [talk], we kept talking about going out, I think I even sent him pictures and things like that. He repeatedly insisted that we should go out to a ‘hotel’ and that we didn’t have to do anything, just watch a movie and talk. I had already made it clear to him that I wouldn’t like to do certain things on the first date, because I didn’t like it and I just wanted to get out and get to know myself better. He was super-persistent with this story of going to the hotel or something, I even considered it a few times, but I said I was going to feel uncomfortable and I never went.
There was a day when we agreed to go out and see where we were going after I picked him up, to eat, drink, talk in some bar or whatever. I picked him up at GH [Gaming House] by car and we stopped on a street in Jardins [district in São Paulo] to decide what we were going to do. Then we started to kiss and OUT OF NOTHING he just took [his penis] out. I was alone with a guy in the middle of a desert neighborhood at night. He started to force my head to suck him, which I clearly didn’t want and HE KNEW. I try not to, but he pushed and held my head on his [penis.] He tells this version of the story to people himself (which I didn’t want). Only hiding the fact that he forced me. After that, I just left him at the house.
It took me a LONG time to really understand what had happened to me that night, so much so that afterward I still talked to him (for a little while). Because until then I didn’t have that awareness that I have today, I just didn’t believe that it had happened to me and that someone like that guy, whom I admired even had done something like this. Few knew about it, but I told some people this year and another girl came to me, who called me at DM [direct message] and said she was abused by the same guy. And also that she knows others, that we were not the only ones. I’m not going to name anyone because it doesn’t fit me.
I got tired of living in the shadow of my abuse and seeing my abuser just growing up, interacting with people I know, hanging out with people I like. I even cut people from my life because of that, people who knew what I went through and CHOSE to go for a walk and become friends with the guy because he lives in a house with a pool. The consequences I have of this will stay with me my whole life, my cries, my anxiety attacks, my insomnia, fear of going out alone with someone else when I meet someone, among other stuff. My intention here with this ‘exposed’ is to alert, and if this prevents something like this from happening to another woman by the hand of this guy, I will be a little lighter.
I was not going to, but I am writing the name because I reflected more and there is no point in warning without actually warning: the name of my abuser is Gabriel, or better known as Mit. I’m going to get away from here (Twitter) for a few days so I won’t be affected so much. I appreciate the messages of support.”
It’s really disappointing to continually hear these kinds of things in our communities. We are however glad to hear that the Brazilian esports community seems to behind Li, instead of throwing stones. This has also led to others being brave about what happened to them. Again, it’s very difficult to come forward with these allegations, especially if the person in question is someone of note or famous in a community. We hope to know more soon, though LoL personality MiT has not responded to the sexual assault accusation. We wish Daniela Li all the best in moving forward in this trying time.