Since Friday, when audio of Donald Trump announcing he grabs women’s vaginas to say hello was leaked, lots of men have bravely come forward to decry this sort of behavior. One man who offered his analysis of Trump’s comments was Devin Faraci, a well-known movie critic at Birth.Movies.Death. His comments are attracting attention, because one woman responded with an allegation that Faraci had sexually assaulted her.
The tweet exchange has been deleted—because “it’s become a focal point for some really vile stuff,” the woman told The Hollywood Reporter—but Faraci claimed he had no memory of the incident. He has since stepped down from his position as Editor-in-Chief of the popular blog, with a statement via Variety indicating that though he claims not to remember the alleged incident, he is working on himself as a person:
“This weekend allegations were made about my past behavior. Because I take these types of claims seriously I feel my only honorable course of action is to step down from my position as Editor-in-Chief of Birth.Movies.Death. I will use the coming weeks and months to work on becoming a better person who is, I hope, worthy of the trust and loyalty of my friends and readers.”
The woman who alleges Faraci assaulted her, named only as Caroline by THR, said she spoke with Tim League, who funds Birth.Movies.Death through his company Alamo Drafthouse, and that he was very supportive:
We had a really good conversation about it that left me feeling like he understood the situation and was interested in helping Devin...I’m really happy that Tim League took this seriously and that Devin is interested in getting treatment. I’ve let them know that I’m available for any accountability processing that might be part of his rehabilitation.
According to Caroline, she met Faraci on a music message board around 2004, and they spent time in the same circle of friends in New York. She said one night they were at a bar, and Faraci danced up to her and shoved his hand in her pants twice. Caroline said Faraci was aware that she is a lesbian—not that it would be less heinous if she were straight—as well as her lack of interest.
“We were dancing and he stuck his hands down my pants, very blatantly on the dance floor. I said stop. He did it again. I kind of didn’t know what to do. I stopped him again and pushed him away,” she says. “There was no penetration. He just kept sticking his hands down my pants and into my crotch. Then he came in to do it again.”
“I think I moved away from the dance floor at that point,” she continues. “I had to get away from him. I was just so shocked that it had happened and kind of grossed out. I felt mortified for him. That was the palpable memory I had. I felt sad for him.”
Later, she found out he allegedly bragged about the assault to their friends and told them to smell his fingers, which enraged her. Caroline, who tweets under the handle @spacecrone, has several long reflections on her timeline about the attention she’s received since coming forward about Faraci. She seems to believe that while she was angry and frustrated with the situation, and infuriated by Faraci’s comments on Trump, she ultimately believes people can change and heal.