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I'm sure many of you have heard what happened with Ty at VegasCon last weekend: the drinking, the inappropriate behavior with fans, and how his panel on Saturday was canceled. I've read things on tumblr but it was all second hand info. and honestly it didn't sound all that bad to me.
Still, it was nice to read this letter from Ty.
"I want to be clear this is not an excuse or reasoning for my behavior. The mistake was mine when I began to treat a convention meant for a 1000 people like my own personal party. Nor am I saying a fan spiked my drink ...I don't know how it happened. I just KNOW that it did. I also know my own stupidity is at fault. No one should be leaving drinks unattended or accepting food or drink from anyone you don't absolutely trust." -- Ty Olsson
Even though I wasn't at the con, I appreciate him stepping forward to tell his side of things and to admit his mistakes that weekend. If his drink was in fact spiked, that is unfortunate, though still his fault. But I love how he refuses to back down on who he is. At last year's VanCon I found him delightful, if a bit over exuberant and hyper. I loved how much he soaked in the fan's screams & applause. Like so many of the actors of the show, he truly enjoys and appreciates the fans. In my book, whatever happened at VegasCon was not Ty's intention, but simply poor judgement.
Part of me feels Creation is being overly harsh in this situation, but then I don't know the whole story of what happened, so I can't say for sure. If underage fans were indeed involved there might be lawsuits. Again, I've heard varying stories about consent or non-consent as far as the kisses went but a lot of it is questionable.
Overall, I'm sad that Ty has been banned from future cons by Creation and that he won't be at this year's VanCon. I was truly looking forward to seeing him again.