Critic expelled from New York Film Critics Circle

2014-01-14 22:00
New York — Film critic Armond White has been expelled from the New York Film Critics Circle after allegedly heckling 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen at the group's annual awards banquet.

The critics convened on Monday and voted the CityArts critic out of the group. Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman, a member of the group, confirmed in an online post White's expelling.

White reportedly yelled expletives at McQueen when he accepted the award for best director at last week's New York Film Critics Awards. He was quoted as loudly calling McQueen an "embarrassing doorman and garbage man".

White disputed that account and in an e-mail to the Associated Press last week, calling the charges a "barrage of lies". Known for his contrarian reviews, White lambasted 12 Years a Slave as "torture porn".

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