Ain’t It Cool News is no longer a sponsor of Fantastic Fest

3:45 p.m Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 Austin360 Home

IndieWire reported Thursday that Harry Knowles and his outfit Ain’t It Cool News were no longer involved with this year’s Fantastic Fest and AICN was no longer listed as a fest sponsor.

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Deborah Cannon/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Harry Knowles, of Ain't It Cool News, arrives at the 2008 Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards in Austin, Texas on Friday, March 7, 2008.

Fans noticed Wednesday that the site’s logo was no longer on the fest website.

Knowles told IndieWire that “his decision was partly motivated by accusations about his own activity. ‘There was a rumor about me and an ex-girlfriend that felt ugly,’ he said. ‘They’re a complete fabrication and lie.’”

This comes as part of the ever-metastasizing Alamo Drafthouse/Devin Faraci scandal, which is sure to be a topic of endless conversation at Fantastic Fest.

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Knowles is a founder of the festival and is a vocal cheerleader and long-time sponsor.

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