La Luna (formerly known as The Moon) is a Marth main from New York. He is considered one of the rising stars in the region; he had only started playing around 2011 under DJ Nintendo, but has climbed the ranks quickly. His breakout performance came at Revival of Melee 6, where he beat players such as DJ Nintendo and Chillindude829 in Losers' bracket to secure 3rd place. He is currently ranked 53rd on the 2019 MPGR and was previously ranked 2nd on the New York City Power Rankings. He boasts high-level wins over Leffen, SFAT, S2J, Druggedfox, Westballz, and Shroomed.
La Luna has also seen strong placings in Ultimate as a Palutena main. He has wins over Rags and John Numbers and placed 49th at GENESIS 6 making him one of the most successful Melee players at the tournament.
Sexual misconduct allegations and ban
On July 2nd, 2020, amidst a wave of sexual harassment allegations in the community, a user by the name of ProbablyJut shared the story of a person named Alexus, who criticized La Luna for sexually provocative behavior. According to Alexus, after a GENESIS 5 party, La Luna went to her boyfriend to ask him to "arrange having sex with me for the night". She alleges that, since this happened, La Luna repeatedly and openly asked to dance with her and questioned where her boyfriend was, while making sexual gestures to her given any opportunity, despite her asking him to leave her alone.
La Luna responded to the allegation the next day in a Twitlonger. He posted chat logs of his conversations with Alexus, explaining that he did not go to the party in question due to still being at the venue late into the night, consequently ignoring Alexus' message to have him escort her to the party. He directly denied the claims of his supposed actions, saying that they were completely out of character for him even in their language. La Luna also pointed out a contradiction in her story, since Alexus alleged that La Luna made the remark to her boyfriend after the party, yet subsequently asserted that La Luna kept asking why her boyfriend abandoned her at the party. He showed further chat logs from the months and years following the tournament, showing that she maintained contact despite feeling uncomfortable around him.
Although many users came to agree with La Luna, other users cited that the alleged antics carried on his other social media platforms as evidence that he was very cognizant of his sexual behavior. In particular, a post he made on Facebook describes his sexual preferences in detail, with a number of users arguing that he indeed lacked control of his behavior. Some users who witnessed him first making the post recalled seeing it as a "dumpster fire" or a "shitshow", and also remarked that he incurred significant pushback for it.
As a result, La Luna has been banned indefinitely from participating in all tournaments in NYC , and his name was added to the Global Ban Database.
On March 23rd, 2021, La Luna posted a video discussing his behavior and the allegation at length. He admitted to having made inappropriate comments in the past, but remarked that he has since learned to not say such things and apologized to the people he made the comments to. He also pointed out further holes in Alexus' story, noting that someone corrected her story by claiming the incident occurred at GENESIS 4 and not 5, which he found even more questionable as there was no party at GENESIS 4. He also criticized Melee Hell for providing false alibi's to corroborate her allegations, which he considered doubly questionable since the group had feuded with him before this. In response to a member of Melee Hell claiming that he stopped La Luna from speaking to Alexus at GENESIS 6 and 7, La Luna showed further chatlogs of his conversations with Alexus. In them, she mentions not seeing him until the final day of GENESIS 6, and also put a thumbs up on a voice message he sent to her saying to stay away from Melee Hell. To console her during a time when she was being accused of misconduct by members of Melee Hell, La Luna reached out to her, urging Alexus to distance herself from Melee Hell. La Luna also criticized the posts regarding his Facebook post, noting that, contrary to what users recalled, those who commented on it responded to it positively.
On the day after, La Luna posted another video discussing allegations regarding his various trips to Mexico. In response to claims that he refused to engage with the local community unless they paid him, La Luna pointed out that they never did, for he was sponsored at the time and thus had a regular supply of any necessary money and hotel bookings, and posted photos of him engaged in a variety of non-tournament activities in Mexico. He also denied hosting parties, as his Airbnb bookings specifically forbade them and wouldn't even have enough space for a party, while those who lodged him left him with positive comments; he also denied hosting parties at clubs, as locations to do so in Mexico are sparsely located and were unlikely to host a Smash-related party due to unfamiliarity with the game and its community. La Luna also pointed out that 76 initially alleged to have witnessed him, only to state towards the end that his claims came from word-of-mouth. 76 would later delete all of their tweets.