Actress Ashley Johnson and six other women, including two current employees of Critical Role, have filed a civil lawsuit against Brian W. Foster in Los Angeles. The suit, filed in the Superior Court of California, accuses Foster of domestic violence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, sexual battery and assault, and stalking.
The complaint, reviewed by ComicBook.com, details several incidents previously mentioned in a restraining order filed by Johnson earlier this year, as well as new incidents. According to the complaint, Foster made inappropriate and unwanted sexual comments to Johnson’s sister while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The suit also alleges that Foster groped a Critical Role employee during a live event in Chicago in February 2020.
Another plaintiff, identified as Jane Doe, claims that Foster groped her and attempted to stick his hands down her pants during an event in Austin in November 2019. A current Critical Role employee stated that Foster demanded explicit photos and groped her during a coffee run in 2019. In 2021, Foster allegedly attempted to massage and grope the same employee at Johnson’s home while filming a show.
The lawsuit highlights the employee’s fear of retaliation and manipulation by Foster, which prevented her from reporting his conduct in 2019. Critical Role has issued a statement expressing their lack of knowledge regarding Foster’s behavior and their commitment to supporting the plaintiffs.
The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages, as well as an injunction prohibiting Foster from contacting Johnson and her family and requiring him to stay at least 100 feet away from her.
Johnson had previously filed a restraining order against Foster in 2023, citing concerns for her safety after their breakup. The lawsuit also mentions Foster’s alleged possession of Airsoft guns and a garotte, as well as his alleged use of Johnson’s home security cameras and microphones to monitor her.
Foster, who was previously employed by Critical Role, denied the allegations. A judge denied Johnson’s request to extend the protective order she filed in May. Johnson has continued to appear on screen for Critical Role since the protective order was made public.
Bryan Freedman, the attorney representing the plaintiffs, emphasized the seriousness of the allegations and Foster’s alleged pattern of abuse. For assistance with domestic violence issues, the National Domestic Violence Hotline can be contacted at 800.799.7233.