Valorant pro Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won has been accused of sexual abuse by his ex-girlfriend Cleo ‘cle0h’ Hernandez, who alleges the esports star would “leave [her] crying in the bathroom” after being intimate and would ignore her saying no “countless times” during their relationship.
The Sentinels star’s ex-girlfriend, who goes by “cle0h” on Twitter, wrote in a nine-page Word document shared on March 9 that she “lived in constant fear” during their nine-month relationship.
Cle0h alleges in the March 9 doc, which includes a dozen text message screenshots, as well as logs from the pair’s private Discord conversations, that Sinatraa would force himself upon her. She also writes he wouldn’t stop if she asked him to during sex; he would claim he was “so close” each time.
tw for sexual abuse // my last relationship https://t.co/V4PUMZeNrW
— cleooo 🇲🇽 (@cIe0h) March 10, 2021
Sinatraa breaks silence
[Update: Mar. 10, 10:38 pm] A day after the abuse allegations first surfaced online, Won has finally responded to Cleo’s claims. The former OWL star states that he “never assaulted her in any way.”
“It is clear from Cleo’s recent post that she recalls our relationship differently than I do. What we do agree on is that it was unhealthy for the both of us,” he wrote in a short Twitlonger statement released late on March 10.
Won also outlined how he is “fully cooperating with investigations and providing full audio and video clips” for instances referenced in the initial document.
— Jay Won (@sinatraa) March 11, 2021
Riot Games, Sentinels suspend Sinatraa amid investigations
[Update: Mar. 10, 1:55 pm] Following the allegations, Riot Games responded by launching an official investigation and, in the meantime, suspending Sinatraa from the weekend’s Valorant Champions Tour event.
Similarly, his team, the Sentinels have also suspended the star player indefinitely while working through their own investigation internally. Both the developers and team are in the midst of their own internal investigations.
— VALORANT Champions Tour NA (@valesports_na) March 10, 2021
Cle0h has explained that she began writing this document of allegations back in April 2020, but was hesitant to finish and publish it publicly.
That hesitation, she explained in the “J” document, was due to the sensitivity of the topics discussed: “Eventually, I would rather just say ‘yes’ and lay there until he was done than fight him on the ‘no’.”
“I remember one day… he wanted to have sex. I didn’t have an excuse, [so] I just let it happen and laid there and stared at the ceiling with him on top of me, his weight crushing my chest. I think about staring at that ceiling every day.”
“If I included everything, this document would be over 15 pages long.”
Cle0h accuses Sinatraa of “lying, manipulation”
Included in the March 9 doc are several examples of alleged mistreatment, including an audio file (warning: some may find the audio disturbing) that appears to reveal a conversation between the former couple.
“I’m sure you can recognize his voice,” she said.
“I’ve called sexual assault survivor hotlines countless times. Spent over a year of my life in therapy trying to heal myself and get back what he took from me.”
Won was also accused of consistent emotional abuse throughout the relationship. More than a dozen screenshots revealed arguments between the two. There was also “plenty that didn’t happen over text,” according to cle0h.
“He used to check my location to see where I was, which was fine. But sometimes it would glitch and he’d instantly accuse me of cheating. He was so insecure he would push me into a corner and make me beg him not to break up with him.
“[Sinatraa] is a liar. He is a manipulator,” Hernandez added.
Cle0h described her time in the relationship as living in “constant fear.”
Since moving on, she detailed having “nightmares” about her experiences with Won. “[There have been] countless nights where I lay in bed and wonder what I did to deserve what he did to me,” she wrote in the document.
While some criticism was originally placed on Won’s subsequent girlfriend, ’emmyuh,’ for mischaracterization, cle0h has since clarified that the two have spoken and that emmyuh’s “involvement in this is completely null and void as I completely forgive her.”
Additional reporting by Brad Norton, Théo Salaun.