Former Bayonetta voice actor Hellena Taylor accused developer PlatinumGames of offering a “insulting” sum of $4,000USD to reprise the role in the upcoming third entry, Bayonetta 3, in a series of videos that she posted over the weekend. However, a new Bloomberg report (behind a paywall) features claims from sources “familiar with the negotiations” that paint a slightly different picture.
According to two sources who asked to remain anonymous but whose claims are supported by documentation seen by both Bloomberg and VGC, PlatinumGames was “determined” to have Taylor reprise the role, and the company wanted to secure Taylor for “at least five sessions, each paying $3,000 to $4,000 for four hours in the studio,” which would put the total payment for the role at a minimum of $15,000. This information was reported by Jason Schreier of Bloomberg, who said that PlatinumGames was “determined” to have Taylor reprise the role.
According to the article, Platinum turned down Taylor’s request for a six-figure sum in addition to residuals on the game before scheduling tryouts for a successor. According to the sources cited by Bloomberg, a cameo role in the game was offered to Taylor at the same single-session pay (so between $3,000 and $4,000), but Taylor turned down the offer.
Taylor, in her response to Schreier’s different account of how the discussions went down, called it “an absolute fraud” and stated that she stood by everything that was said in her videos.
Jennifer Hale, the artist who took over voicing the character in the new game, received abusive messages on social media before putting out a short statement of her own. Taylor’s original comments sparked a lot of online conversation earlier this week, with Hideki Kamiya commenting on a “attitude of untruth” on Twitter. Jennifer Hale, the artist who took over voicing the character in the new game.