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Monday, July 8, 2013

DragonCon separates from controversial cofounder Ed Kramer

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Edward Kramer, the controversial DragonCon cofounder accused of child molestation, is no longer part of the annual sci-fi/comic/fantasy convention.

DragonCon announced today via an unsigned Facebook post that it bought out Kramer's remaining shares and dissolved the old company, DragonCon/Ace, Inc., to form DragonCon, Inc.

Kramer's attachment to DragonCon has drawn outside criticism since his first child molestation-related arrest in Gwinnett County in 2000. In last September's issue of Atlanta magazine, former CL-er Scott Henry wrote about Kramer's financial holdings in the Atlanta sci-fi convention and how his deep pockets afforded him the ability to prolong court proceedings for more than a decade. During that time, he also claimed to suffer from life-threatening illnesses.

In 2011, Kramer was arrested, yet again, in Connecticut and charged with "risk of injury to a minor" after being found in a motel room alone with a 14-year-old boy. He'd allegedly accompanied the child actor to the set of a low-budget horror film shot on location there. The Gwinnett County District Attorney's office eventually extradited Kramer back to a Gwinnett County jail, where he continues to await trial for the alleged molestation of three boys. In recent months, he's been in the news for filing a constant stream of complaints from the jail, claiming that he's been barred from practicing Orthodox Judaism.

At the time of Henry's Atlanta magazine story, DragonCon CEO Pat Henry (no relation) refused to talk to Henry on record about Kramer's continued attachment to the company. But after a former DragonCon participant, horror author Nancy Collins, launched a boycott in January, DragonCon CEO Pat Henry conceded in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the company had attempted to buy Kramer out at least three times over the past eight years:

"I used to try to buy him out every week or two," said Henry, adding that the $500,000 they offered for his shares in 2004 was high. "The company value was nowhere close."

In addition to confirming that DragonCon has severed its ties with Kramer, the Facebook post makes a point to note that Kramer has played no operational role in the company since his first arrest:

Edward Kramer, who has not had any role in managing or organizing the convention since 2000, was offered cash for his shares in the old company. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The unsigned Facebook post announcing the split has garnered nearly 1,000 likes since it went up today.

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