Alamo Drafthouse CEO Apologizes as Fantastic Fest Fallout Mounts Over Disgraced Former Employee

Tim League continued to employ former Birth.Movies.Death editor after resignation over sexual assault accusation

Last Updated: September 15, 2017 @ 6:52 PM

Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League issued a lengthy apology on Friday for continuing to employ a disgraced editor accused of sexual assault.

Devin Faraci, who held the top job the Alamo Drafthouse-owned Birth.Movies.Death, stepped down last October after being accused of sexual assault by two individuals, but it was discovered this week he was still working for the company as an unattributed copywriter. Faraci has since permanently left the company.

League, who also co-owns the buzzy indie distributor Neon, acknowledged he had “disappointed and hurt people.” The revelation about Faraci’s ongoing employment led Fox Searchlight to pull one of their films from Fantastic Fest, the festival that Alamo Drafthouse owns and stages annually.

“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,” League wrote on his public Facebook page.

League said he’ll be holding meetings at his offices in various cities 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,” he said.

Read League’s full comments:

“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.