[Update 10/11/2016:] Devin Faraci has announced that he’s stepping down as editor-in-chief from Birth.Movies.Death due to the sexual assault allegations.
[Original article:] A fervent critic of #GamerGate, a movement centered around restoring ethics in media journalism, has recently apologized for committing an act of sexual assault. Devin Faraci, the editor-in-chief at Birth.Movies.Death, recently took to Twitter to “beg forgiveness” and apologize for a sexual assault incident.
A Twitter user going by the handle of of spacecrone, wrote about the incident after Trump’s tape went viral where he made lewd comments about women. She reflects on a run-in with Devin Faraci, stating in a series of tweets…
“[Devin Faraci] quick question: do you remember grabbing me by the pussy and bragging to our friends about it, telling them to smell your fingers?
“[…] sitting here trying to remember if a man had ever grabbed me by the vagina against my will and, well, yes, a popular Twitter feminist!
“Literally stuck his hands down my pants at a bar while I told him to stop, then told our friends he had ‘fingerbanged me’ I’ve avoided making that public for over a decade but I guess my rage at trump has uncasked the Gorgon in me.”
“It’s not just your Trumps or your Republicans, it’s your friendly neighborhood film critics and twitter feminists. I don’t really care if he apologizes, mostly tweeting in solidarity with every person who has ever been grabbed by the pussy […] Or otherwise violated and then had to see that person posture as a feminist on social media or anywhere.”
After the tweets were made public, Devin Faraci responded with the following via Twitter.
@spacecrone I do not remember this. I can only believe you and beg forgiveness for having been so vile.
— devin faraci (@devincf) October 9, 2016
Neither of the two name a date or place where it may have happened, but Spacecrone is located in New York while Faraci is in Los Angeles, California. Regardless of the location, according to New York Penal Law § 130.52 under the “Forcible touching” sub-section, it states…
“A person is guilty of forcible touching when such person intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly touches the sexual or other intimate parts of another person for the purpose of degrading or abusing such person; or for the purpose of gratifying the actor’s sexual desire.
“For the purposes of this section, forcible touching includes squeezing, grabbing or pinching.”
Forcible touching is a misdemeanor in the state of New York, and is classified as a “sexual offense” under the state statues, which you can view over on Find Law.
So if the meeting between the two took place in New York at the time, Faraci could be hit with a sexual offense misdemeanor.
In California, according to penal code 243.4 section (e) and sub-section (1) on the official state government website, it clearly states…
“ Any person who touches an intimate part of another person, if the touching is against the will of the person touched, and is for the specific purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification, or sexual abuse, is guilty of misdemeanor sexual battery, punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars ($2,000),”
In this case, what Faraci allegedly did would fall under a sexual assault, abuse or battery misdemeanor depending on where the event took place.
Previously, Faraci had attacked #GamerGate, stating that it was about harassing Zoe Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian, and claiming that he had more respect for ISIS.
These comments accompanied various articles published by Faraci attacking #GamerGate, writing one piece on August 31st, 2014 and another on October 15th, 2014, both attacking the consumer revolt against the media. In one section of the October 15th piece, Faraci writes…
“GamerGate isn’t about ethics. It’s about stopping women from having voices, it’s about keeping progressive ideas out of games and it’s about attacking any kind of game that doesn’t fit the mainstream, shoot-em-up vision of video games these deeply emotionally stunted people have.”
It turns out that #GamerGate is about ethics, and the Federal Trade Commission has used more than 50 pages worth of #GamerGate material in their continued investigation into Gawker. #GamerGate was also responsible for pressuring the FTC to update their guidelines regarding endorsements and disclosures, particularly surrounding video games; and the movement has been involved with getting websites to update their ethics and disclosure policies, the latest of which was Videogamer.com.
I reached out to Devin Faraci for comment, which is the second time within the span of a month – the previous time was regarding his site promoting Crash Override Network, which turned out to engage in harassment and doxing – but as of the publishing of this article, I have not received a response.
This is yet another case of an anti-#GamerGate journalist and critic being involved in some form of sexual misconduct, with a previous critic, Matt Hickey, running a catfishing scam through a fake porno agency in order to have sex with unsuspecting women. In another case one of the Crash Override Network anti-abuse support specialists was involved with sexually harassing multiple women.
[Update 10/9/2016 6:31pm:] In a short Twitter update Tim League, has ordered Faraci offline as they investigate the matter.
@spacecrone I take this seriously and have taken Devin offline until we sort through this
— Tim League (@timalamo) October 9, 2016