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'Clarence' creator fired by Cartoon Network amid sexual assault allegations

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He's been nominated for an Emmy and an Annie for his work on Cartoon Network's Adventure Time and his own Clarence. But Skyler Page's career may be at a standstill after a number of colleagues spoke openly on Twitter about claims that he harassed at least one woman in his animation team.

Cartoon Brew is reporting that Cartoon Network has fired Page less than a day after colleagues in the industry came forward on Twitter to publicly allege that he harassed one of their own: Emily Partridge, a storyboard artist who worked with Page while storyboarding Adventure Time.

Comic artist Maré Odomo tweeted the allegation about Page on June 30th without naming Partridge.

Her tweet came a day after Partridge independently began tweeting about the assault. Both Odomo and Partridge were accused of fabricating the incident; Odomo was additionally accused of libeling Page.

The flurry of accusations leveled at Odomo prompted Partridge to name the assault perpetrator.

Before she came forward, Partridge spoke about how intimidating she found the prospect of speaking out publicly about the assault.

When she finally did, however, she was joined not only by Odomo but by Regular Show storyboard artist Ryan Pequin:

In the wake of Partridge's naming of her assailant, at least one person implied that they had been aware of Page's behavior in the past:

Both Partridge and Pequin stressed that she was being given support from others in the industry

Although Cartoon Network did not return the Daily Dot's request for comment, a representative told Cartoon Brew that "Skyler Page is no longer an employee at Cartoon Network Studios."

Meanwhile, Patrick Harpin, head of story on Clarence, took to Tumblr to urge fans not to take their anger out on the show itself:

I was Head of Story on “Clarence” from the beginning.

Obviously Skyler Page sexually assaulted a female artist at CN. Skyler’s a piece of shit, and CN should give him the boot. Emily Partridge is one bad-ass chick for standing up to a guy who a lot of people wanted to cover up for. Skyler’s asshole behavior (though not yet sexual assault) was the main reason I quit the show more than a year ago.

I can’t imagine how fans of the show are feeling right now. But the reason you like Clarence, in spite of it’s creator, is because the “creator” had very little to do with the show. Despite what it says in the credits, Skyler never wrote a single episode of Clarence. It was created by the writers (me and Spencer Rothbell) and the talented board artists (people like Charlie Gavin, Derek & Diana). We took Skyler’s idea of “a fat dumb kid” and made a character out of it. Skyler mostly “kept the couch from floating away”, and read whatever lines we gave him. There’s been enough victims of Skyler Page, don’t punish the talented crew that actually raised Clarence.

Partridge meanwhile criticized Cartoon Brew, apparently for using her photograph in their article about Page's firing without first seeking her permission. 

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