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Saturday 20 December 2014

White expelled from Critics Circle

Steve McQueen was allegedly heckled by Armond White at the New York Film Critics Circle's annual awards
Steve McQueen was allegedly heckled by Armond White at the New York Film Critics Circle's annual awards

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 met this week and voted the CityArts critic out of the group. Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman is a member of the group. He confirmed White's expulsion in an online post.

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

White disputed the allegations in an email to the Associated Press, calling the charges a "barrage of lies". Known for his controversial reviews, White lambasted 12 Years a Slave as "torture porn".

White, who has reportedly behaved similarly at past NYFCC ceremonies could not be heard from the front of the room and did not interrupt the proceedings. But chairman Joshua Rothkopf wrote a letter to the British director apologising for, "the crass bit of heckling", and pledged, "disciplinary action".

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