Player Withdraws From Capcom Pro Tour After Domestic Violence Charge

Korean “Street Fighter V” player Lee “Infiltration” Seon-woo has voluntarily withdrawn from competing in the pro-circuit following a recent domestic violence charge, according to a former sponsor.

Seon-woo also lost his contract with the sponsor, the esports team Panda Global, which began investigating him after an anonymous Reddit user alleged he was arrested in September 2017 for beating his ex-wife. “Apparently, he had beaten his wife since EVO 2017,” the person claimed. “He blamed his wife for his loss in the tournament and started destroying her stuff and a bunch of electronics, and started beating her. One day, she tried to call police, but Infiltration snatched her phone and choked her to near death and dragged her out of the apartment, but fortunately a neighbor saw him beating his wife and called police.”

Seon-woo voluntarily withdrew from competing, streaming, and social media while Panda Global looked into the claims, the esports team said in a statement on Thursday. The investigation took longer than expected due to several challenges, it said. It needed to hire a certified court translator to transcribe documents from Korean to English. Time zone and scheduling differences made communications with legal counsel in Korea difficult. Also, Panda Global said it wanted to maintain transparency throughout the process, which required extensive legal review. But, it ultimately benched the player and cancelled his flights and lodging after discovering credible evidence substantiating some of the allegations.

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