Drafthouse CEO under fire for giving 'second chance' to writer accused of sexual assault

Tim League, CEO of Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse, has received numerous complaints on a Facebook post wherein he released a statement about re-hiring Devin Faraci, a former film writer for Birth.Movies.Death accused of sexual assault. (File photo: CBS Austin)

Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League came under fire on Tuesday after he posted a statement on Facebook regarding his decision to rehire film writer Devin Faraci 11 months after a sexual assault allegation led to his departure.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Faraci stepped down from his position as the editor Alamo-owned news site Birth.Movies.Death last October after a woman on Twitter accused Faraci of groping her.

However, after a post on Facebook Monday from user George Arthur Hickman pointed out that the guidebook for Alamo Drafthouse's upcoming Fantastic Fest featured portions attributed to Faraci, League released a statement on Facebook saying he offered writing work to Faraci for both the theater and the festival to "contribute to his recovery."

"Devin has spent the time since this allegation examining the choices he made that led to it. He has recognized and acknowledged his struggles with substance abuse; after stepping down, he immediately entered recovery and has been sober ever since," League wrote in part. "This is an important step in the right direction."

Read League's full statement below:

Nearly a year ago, sexual misconduct allegations were brought against an Alamo Drafthouse employee, Devin Faraci. Though Devin did not recall the event, he did not doubt the allegations. Instead, he acknowledged the wrong, conveyed his sincere regret, and vowed to make the necessary changes in his life to prevent something like this from ever happening again. Devin took the allegations seriously, as did I, Alamo Drafthouse, and Birth.Movies.Death. As a result, we agreed the only course of action was for him to step down from his role as Editor-in-Chief of Birth.Movies.Death. We needed to make a clean break, change the leadership and accordingly terminated his employment. Devin has not written for Birth.Movies.Death. since.
A culture of sexual harassment and gender inequality persists in our society and specifically within the film industry, and much work remains to fix this problem. By engaging in dialogue about these issues, and by holding people responsible for their actions, we can begin to bridge the gap between where we are now, and where we need to be. Without question, sexual misconduct is impermissible. The question is whether there is any path to redemption, and if so, what that path looks like.
Devin has spent the time since this allegation examining the choices he made that led to it. He has recognized and acknowledged his struggles with substance abuse; after stepping down, he immediately entered recovery and has been sober ever since. This is an important step in the right direction.
His departure from Birth.Movies.Death meant losing his job, his livelihood, his career, and his place in the film community, but Devin has started the work to rebuild himself first with the understanding that all else is secondary. Seeing the work that Devin has been doing to acknowledge his faults, to address his addiction, and to better himself, I thought it was important to contribute to his recovery process by helping him with some means to earn a living. Once it became clear that his efforts were sincere, I offered Devin copywriting work at Alamo Drafthouse and have recently expanded that to include writing blurbs for our Fantastic Fest festival guide. He does not hold any leadership position at Alamo Drafthouse or Fantastic Fest and is not involved with Birth.Movies.Death. in any capacity.
I understand there's some discomfort with the idea that Devin is once again employed by the Alamo Drafthouse. However, I am very much an advocate for granting people second chances, and I believe that Devin deserves one. He continues to confront his issues and to better himself with the help of his friends and family. I am proud to consider myself a part of this process.
Human beings make mistakes, and when they acknowledge those mistakes and embark upon a journey of personal improvement, they deserve forgiveness. If, God forbid, I somehow find myself in a similar place down the road, my hope is that my actions up until this point have warranted others to offer the same help to me.

Since being posted Tuesday evening, League's statement has garnered numerous negative responses, with a handful of people reacting positively to the news:

The woman who accused Faraci of groping her, who goes by spacecrone on Twitter, responded to the news with a series of tweets, including this one:

THR reported last year that League called her personally to discuss the company's response to her accusations, but says that she was never consulted by League about Faraci's rehiring:

UPDATE: Sometime on Wednesday afternoon, Faraci's bylines were removed from the Fantastic Fest website. In addition, THR reports Todd Brown, the director of international programming for the festival, resigned in protest of Faraci's rehiring, saying he had "no advance knowledge of this decision nor knowledge that Devin was contributing to the program guide."

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