Harvey Weinstein has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The news was reported by Deadline, among others.
The move comes eight days after the New York Times first published an article accusing the Hollywood mogul of decades of sexual harassment and assault. That article was followed Monday with a similar report in The New Yorker, giving more details and naming more names. In the week that followed, even more actresses and former Weinstein Company employees have come forward to share their experiences.
Several days ago, AMPAS confirmed the Board of Governors would hold an emergency session to discuss Weinstein’s status with organization. The session was held on Saturday. The Academy’s full statement reads:
“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.”
Expulsion from AMPAS comes three days after BAFTA suspended him. In a statement, the BAFTA governing body said:
“In light of recent very serious allegations, BAFTA has informed Harvey Weinstein that his membership has been suspended, effective immediately.
“Whilst BAFTA has previously been a beneficiary of Mr Weinstein’s support for its charitable work, it considers the reported alleged behaviour completely unacceptable and incompatible with BAFTA’s values. This has led to Mr Weinstein’s suspension, and it will be followed by a formal process as laid out in BAFTA’s constitution.
“We hope this announcement sends a clear message that such behaviour has absolutely no place in our industry.
BAFTA will continue to work with the film, games and television industries to improve access to rewarding and fulfilling careers in safe, professional working environments.”
Neither BAFTA nor AMPAS has issued any further comments on Weinstein or the still-unfolding situation.