‘Ain’t It Cool’ Implodes Amidst Harry Knowles Assault Allegations

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Geek culture aficionado and founder and owner of Ain’t it Cool seems to be fiddling while Rome burns. The well-known nerd and geek culture commentator is faced with popular contributors leaving the ship as well as more women coming forward with sexual assault allegations. On Saturday, IndieWire broke the news that Jasmine Baker had come forward accusing him of inappropriately rubbing up against her and reaching under her shirt during an event at the Alamo Drafthouse. Since the initial allegations were lodged, more women have come forward with complaints of inappropriate behavior and sexual assault.

Harry Knowles has recently been hit hard by former fans and supporters on Twitter. Despite all this, Knowles is attempting to conduct business as usual. His tweet regarding behind-the-scenes featurettes from the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 movie was ignored as Twitter users flayed him in the comments. Knowles is denying all charges, but contributors Eric “Quint” Vespe, Steve “Capone” Prokopy, and “Horrorella” have left the sinking ship already. The alleged abuse took place at the Alamo Drafthouse. This is just the latest scandal for the Drafthouse.

Alamo Drafthouse was also the home of the “women only” Wonder Woman screening that cropped up in a lawsuit, and the theater was sued by a gay law professor from New York. The Albany law professor pointed out they were clearly in violation of anti-discrimination laws by denying men entry. Drafthouse was also considered complicit in allowing another alleged abuser, Devin Faracini, back in the fold despite a very similar situation.

Faracini, a former editor-in-chief of Birth.Movies.Death magazine, was initially fired, but Drafthouse recently revealed that they had allowed him to return in “a limited capacity.” Just earlier this month, Faracini finally resigned from the aforementioned “limited capacity” role when the news of his return made waves.

Perhaps the greatest irony is the fact that an institution that attempted to “support feminism” by having a women’s only screening would also be guilty of protecting alleged sexual harassment cases like Faracini and now Knowles. Attorney Lisa Bloom talked to IndieWire about the Faracini case and likened Faracini and others accused of sexual harassment to “a ticking time bomb.”

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