Harvey Weinstein Kicked Out of Oscar Club Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal



The Board of Governors at the Motion Picture Academy have voted to boot the disgraced movie honcho following his controversial fall from grace.
Harvey Weinstein is no longer a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences amid numerous sexual harassment allegations against him. The organization which holds the Oscars decided to expell the disgraced movie producer after the Board of Governors had a meeting Saturday, October 14.

"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," the AMPAS 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."

"What's at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society," the Motion Picture Academy continued. "The Board continues to work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all Academy members will be expected to exemplify."

Before the meeting, the organization said, "The Academy finds the conduct described in the allegations against Harvey Weinstein to be repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the Academy and the creative community it represents."

Harvey Weinstein is also suspended from BAFTA, the British equivalent of the Oscars. "We hope this announcement sends a clear message that such behaviour has absolutely no place in our industry," they said. "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."

His fall from grace dragged The Weinstein Company down with him. Amazon cut ties with the studio, calling off David O. Russell project and moving forward with "The Romanoffs" without TWC involvement. TWC also might lose an adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway musical "In the Heights" and a Quentin Tarantino documentary.

The company is in turmoil. They recently pushed back their upcoming "The Current War" that stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon. It was originally scheduled to hit theaters on November 24, but now it won't come out until 2018.

"I am utterly disgusted by the continuing revelations of Harvey Weinstein's horrifying and unforgivable actions," Cumberbatch said. "We need to collectively stand up and support victims of abuse such as the brave and inspiring women who have spoken out against him and say we hear you and believe you."


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