The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) have voted to expel Harvey Weinstein from the organization.
The explusion comes after allegations of rape and sexual predatory practices over the past three decades have been made public in the past fortnight with more still coming out every day. In a statement, AMPAS says:
“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 number of figures accused and prosecuted for rape, including Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby, are still members of the Academy.
Weinstein meanwhile is now under investigation for more sexual assault allegations by Scotland Yard as more stories about him hit the press including at least one more rape allegation, along with stories of alleged shocking inappropriate behaviour directed at actresses including Eva Green, Natalie Mendoza, Angie Everhart, Alice Evans, and Lysette Anthony.
At the same time Weinstein’s proposed lawsuit against The New York Times, directed at the paper for publishing the original report that got this whole ball rolling, has gone away with a source for Deadline saying the lawyer has been off the case for a week as his “services are no longer required”.
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