A new report from Bloomberg has claimed that Hellena Taylor was offered a total of USD15,000 for the role of Bayonetta in Bayonetta 3. This would be paid as $3000-$4000 per session for a minimum of five sessions. Previously, Taylor suggested she was only offered $4000 for the entire game. She denies the reports made by Bloomberg, and described the anonymous sources’ words as “an absolute lie”.
Over the weekend, Taylor put out a series of video tweets that called out Platinum Games’ Hideki Kamiya as well as the president of Nintendo, for only offering her $4000 for the titular role in Bayonetta 3. Taylor’s videos garnered millions of views and generated huge discussion. Kamiya’s account was restricted after going on a blocking spree of critics, followed by him briefly deactivating his account. A full breakdown of Taylor’s claims can be read here, for those unfamiliar.
Jason Schreier of Bloomberg has confirmed on Twitter that he has seen the documents offering Taylor a minimum of $15,000. This report was then corroborated by VGC’s Andy Robinson. Jennifer Hale, the new voice of Bayonetta cast in Bayonetta 3, has retweeted this story on her Twitter profile. Hale is under strict NDA that restricts her ability to speak on the situation, but has released a statement asking for an amicable resolution to the debate.
Despite putting out calls to boycott the latest title, Taylor told Bloomberg that she wants to put the franchise behind her at this point, and focus her attention on her theater career. To VGC, Taylor said that the new claims suggesting she was offered $15,000 are “an absolute joke”. We will follow up on this story should Hellena Taylor post a public statement addressing today’s news.
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