Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League posted an apology on his Facebook page Friday evening, his latest statement after days of controversy swirling around the Austin-based theater chain. The response stemmed from a firestorm of anger following the revelation that League had secretly employed Devin Faraci for several months this year. Faraci was fired as editor of Alamo’s Birth.Movies.Death site last October after accusations of sexual assault, but was employed again as recently as February.
The most recent blowback came earlier Friday, when Fox Searchlight pulled “Three Billboards In Ebbings, Missouri” from this year’s Fantastic Fest, an annual event produced by Alamo Drafthouse.
The full statement follows:
I am very sorry.
I’ve let so many of you down.
Over the past few days, I’ve realized that decisions I have made over these past months have been problematic. I am concerned about what these choices may say about me and the values of this company to employees, customers and the community at large. I’m humbled and deeply sorry.
After getting past my defensiveness, I’ve heard so many perspectives, and I realize how I disappointed and hurt people. Going forward, my goal is to apologize and change course.
That’s begun with the first of many open discussions with my team, and my primary goal is to listen and learn. Once I finish meetings here in Austin, I’ll be hitting the road to meet with staff members at all of our locations. There’s a lot of work to do and I’m committed to doing it – this is my immediate focus. I look forward to sharing what I take from these talks and the change resulting from them with everyone over the coming weeks, months and years.