Harvey Weinstein: Oscar expels filmmaker from board over sex scandal

Posted on Oct 15 2017 - 3:13pm by admin

Following sexual harassment allegations levelled against him, Harvey Weinstein has now been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board.

The decision was made on Saturday, October 14, after the board members voted to have the filmmaker stripped of his membership.

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US producer Harvey Weinstein is a father of two and married to British fashion designer Georgina Chapman, here at the Cannes film festival in Mayplay

US producer Harvey Weinstein is a father of two and married to British fashion designer Georgina Chapman, here at the Cannes film festival in May

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The Academy revealed in a statement that the action which takes effect immediately was intended “not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.”

According to earlier reports, Weinstein has had his membership suspended in BAFTA, the British version of the Oscars, and faces separate action from the Producers Guild of America.

The academy’s decision which was voted on by 54 of its board members in a special meeting is part of a larger attempt by the American movie industry to remove Weinstein from the film business.

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 23, 2017 shows US film producer Harvey Weinstein posing during a photocall as he arrives to attend the De Grisogono Party on the sidelines of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, at the Cap-Eden-Roc hotel in Antibes, near Cannes, southeastern France. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has expelled Harvey Weinstein, it said on October 14, 2017, amid mounting sexual harassment, assault and rape accusations against the disgraced Hollywood mogul. An emergency meeting of its board "voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority," it said in a statementplay

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 23, 2017 shows US film producer Harvey Weinstein posing during a photocall as he arrives to attend the De Grisogono Party on the sidelines of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, at the Cap-Eden-Roc hotel in Antibes, near Cannes, southeastern France. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has expelled Harvey Weinstein, it said on October 14, 2017, amid mounting sexual harassment, assault and rape accusations against the disgraced Hollywood mogul. An emergency meeting of its board “voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority,” it said in a statement

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According to the reports, Academy members have always been disciplined for violating rules but there are no laws against outsing a member in the face of a scandal such as this.

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In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Weinstein’s brother Bob, CEO of the Weinstein Co., said that Harvey “definitely should be kicked out” of the academy for his alleged actions.

You would recall that the sexual harassment and assault allegations went public nine days ago and has all but ruined Weinstein’s career and life.

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