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Harry Knowles Booted from Austin Film Critics Association In Wake of Sexual Assault Allegations — Exclusive

In the wake of sexual assault allegations, the Ain't It Cool News founder has been removed from the critics organization.

HARRY KNOWLES Harry Knowles poses at his home, in Austin, Texas. From his home, Knowles runs Ain't it Cool News, an Internet web site loaded with inside information about the latest projects in Hollywood, breaking news about casting and offering early reviews of movies being shot and others in the writing stagesHARRY KNOWLES, AUSTIN, USA

Harry Knowles in Austin, 1997


As the fallout of sexual assault allegations made against Ain’t It Cool News founder Harry Knowles continues, the Austin Film Critics Association has announced that Knowles has been removed from their organization, effective immediately.

In an official statement, AFCA president Brian Salisbury commented, “After obtaining a substantial majority vote from membership, we have made the decision to remove Harry Knowles from our group. We feel this is the best choice for our organization and for the future of the Austin film community.”

After IndieWire posted a story over the weekend in which an Austin-area woman came forward with allegations of sexual assault at the hands of Knowles in the early-aughts, social media exploded with the news, which encouraged a slew of other women to come forward with similar allegations.

Earlier today, longtime AICN contributors Eric Vespe (“Quint”), Steve Prokopy (“Capone”), and “Horrorella” departed the site in the wake of the allegations against the AICN founder.

The group was first founded in 2005, and boasts a roster of professional film critics who cover film for online, television, and print outlets.

Read more on the group’s official Facebook page.

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