Disgraced film critic and former editor-in-chief at Birth.Movies.Death, Devin Faraci, has resigned again. This comes shortly after the film community reacted negatively to Devin Faraci being rehired by Tim League to work at the Alamo Drafthouse after the controversial critic initially resigned back in the fall of 2016 when sexual assault allegations surfaced.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that additional claims of sexual harassment surfaced following Faraci resigning the first time from his position as editor-in-chief at Birth.Movies.Death, a movie website owned by Alamo Drafthouse CEO, Tim League.
What’s interesting is that after the additional claims surfaced, Faraci’s boss, Tim League, attempted to silence the alleged victim after she brought to his attention the events that transpired against her at the hands of Faraci. The Hollywood Reporter quoted from messages shared between the alleged victim and Tim League, the latter of whom responded by saying…
“All this went down in the middle of my vacation (first class problems, I know…) As I’m sure you know, Devin has stepped down. Thanks for sharing your story and I’m sorry to hear about this experience. I’ve been talking to Devin lately and he is going through some very serious soul-searching right now.”
“I’d appreciate it if you kept this dialogue between us. We’re now trying to move forward with the BMD brand, but I did want to get back to your personally. Cheers.”
This sparked even more outrage from the film and journalism community, as many felt as if Tim League was covering up sexual abuse for a friend, which is something that Movie Bob Chipman admitted to after the initial allegations surfaced and he recounted how other women had similar stories about Faraci but he didn’t readily believe them.
Alamo Drafthouse director of international programming, Todd Brown, couldn’t withstand the pressure of hypocrisy and opted to have no part of the the organization anymore, tendering a resignation in response.
Following the massive backlash and threats of boycotting the Alamo Drafthouse for League’s decision to rehire Faraci, League decided to renege on his decision. Variety is reporting that League and Faraci decided it was best to part ways, permanently.
In a follow-up letter to the community, League wrote…
“I would like you each to know that I have spoken with Devin today, and we agreed it is the right decision for him to leave the company permanently. He offered his resignation, and I have accepted it.“
Meredith Borders, the new editor in charge of Birth.Movies.Death, posted a statement on September 13th, 2017, acknowledging that Faraci was no longer working for Alamo Drafthouse and that he was not and will not be working for Birth.Movies.Death… again.
“[…] Tim announced that Devin has officially parted ways from the company for good.
“I want to be clear: since Devin’s letter of resignation, he has not worked in any capacity for Birth.Movies.Death.—not the website, the magazine or the management of the department.”
Even though Tim League asked the community to forgive Devin Faraci for his actions and “addiction”, many felt as if Faraci has not properly reformed and is still a danger.
Faraci was one of the most outspoken leaders of the anti-#GamerGate group that opposed the original #GamerGate consumer revolt. Faraci attacked those who asked for better ethics in journalism, and kept up his attack and disparaging attitude toward the movement until he was forced to resign for the very thing he accused #GamerGate supporters of committing. According to the FBI, #GamerGate was not and has never been a harassment campaign.