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Motion Picture Academy Expels Harvey Weinstein
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Motion Picture Academy Expels Harvey Weinstein

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Academy’s board of governors met on Saturday to discuss the allegations against Weinstein and voted in excess of the two-thirds majority to expel him.

The prestigious group said in a statement  “We do so 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.”

The board also said that it is working to establish ethical standards of conduct that all members would be expected to exemplify.

The 54-member group whose 54 members which include Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg held an emergency meeting on Saturday in the wake of countless accusations of sexual misconduct against the movie mogul.

Read the full statement here:

“The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors met today to discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and has voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy. We do so 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. What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society. The Board continues to work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all Academy members will be expected to exemplify.”

A spokeswoman for Mr. Weinstein didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday. In a statement issued when the New York Times story published, Mr. Weinstein apologized for how he had “behaved with colleagues in the past.”

Since the damaging news has continued to unfold, Weinstein, 65, has been fired from his company and has headed to Arizona for rehab. Earlier this week, his wife of 10 years, Georgina Chapman, revealed that she’s leaving him.

Weinstein isn’t the first to be expelled of the prestigious group. In 2004 “Godfather” actor Carmen Caridi, was kicked out for sharing screeners of films.

In a previous statement, the Academy deemed Weinstein’s behavior as “repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the Academy and the creative community it represents.”

The Producers Guild of America is also weighing whether to expel Mr. Weinstein from the organization. Mr. Weinstein has already been suspended from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, which hosts the BAFTA awards that have previously honored Weinstein Co. movies like “Gangs of New York.”

Mr. Weinstein’s rise in the 1990s was fueled by his ability to turn small independent releases at his Miramax studio into bona fide Oscar contenders. His shepherding of movies such as “Pulp Fiction” shook up the Academy Awards by positioning his comparatively tiny company as a worthy competitor to major studios.

Weinstein Co. had a memorable awards sweep in the 1990s, winning best-picture awards for “The English Patient” and “Shakespeare in Love” and collecting numerous nominations for movies such as “Good Will Hunting” and “The Crying Game.”

Mr. Weinstein himself has won one Oscar, as a producer on “Shakespeare in Love.”

Mr. Weinstein has seen his company, career and reputation crater in just over a week, since the New York Times published a report detailing alleged financial settlements he paid to women who accused him of sexual harassment.

Since then, allegations of rape have emerged against the producer, who was fired by the board of his independent movie and television studio, Weinstein Co., and is now the subject of investigations by police in New York and London.

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