Bob Hudgins Leaves Texas Film Commission, Unpleasantly

A couple of months ago, when we examined why there was so little fim and TV production in Houston as opposed to Dallas and Austin, some of the commenters blamed Bob Hudgins, who heads the Texas Film Commission.

Well, they won't have him to kick around anymore -- he's quitting the TFC, and under not-pleasant circumstances.

The Austin American-Statesman, which has been investigating Hudgins, reports he "is resigning his position at the governor's office on Nov. 30 amid an ongoing investigation of sexual harassment claims against him."

Hudgins vehemently denies the allegations to the paper -- calling them "incredibly scurrilous and without foundation" -- but then goes on to say other things.

Hudgins said he could not talk about the investigation, which he said he requested after "this was laid out to me. I ... rattled off a list of people who could give information on the accusations."

"There were much more serious allegations made other than sexual allegations," he said, but he would not elaborate. "I'm pretty upset about it, to be honest."

He also says the job had been too time-consuming, and that he needed to spend more time with his family.

The TFC has been successful, using Texas' new tax incentives, in bringing film business to the state (if not to Houston). Now Rick Perry will have to appoint someone who can keep up the momentum.

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