Austin movie blogger and founder of the long-running movie criticism/fandom site Ain’t It Cool News, is taking a leave of absence from the site after being accused of sexually assaulting or harassing several women.
Knowles allegedly groped and harassed multiple women over the years, according to a report that appeared yesterday on the IndieWire film site.
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Knowles said his sister, Dannie Knowles, will take over AICN indefinitely. (Longtime Austinites may remember Dannie Knowles as the manager of the Pedazo Chunk video store.)
Knowles launched AICN in 1996 at a time when the idea of the “movie blog” was virtually unheard of. Having survived the economic collapse of “Internet 1.0” in the early 2000s, AICN stuck around as symbol of the sometimes blurry line between criticism, fandom and outright promotion that can exist in entertainment journalism.
Earlier this week, fellow Ain’t It Cool contributors Steve “Capone” Prokopy, Eric “Quint” Vespe and “Horrorella” all quit the site after the first round of allegations against Knowles.
The Alamo Drafthouse, reeling from its own harassment scandal, cut ties with Knowles earlier this week.
Our continuing coverage of the Drafthouse/Knowles situation
This is a developing story.