Published: Sun, October 15, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Motion Picture Academy expels Harvey Weinstein in unprecedented move

Motion Picture Academy expels Harvey Weinstein in unprecedented move

"What's at issue here", the statement added, "is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society".

Women started to come forward after The New York Times published a report last week detailing complaints of sexual harassment made against Weinstein over almost three decades.

The Academy's board of governors met Saturday and voted "well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him", a statement said.

In a related development, British actress Lysette Anthony says she has told police that Weinstein raped her in London in the 1980s. "I want him to get the justice that he deserves".

"For me, I thought he was literally just going out there cheating in a pervasive way", he is quoted as saying.

Weinstein appears to have garnered little sympathy from the public, either, according to a survey conducted by celebrity branding expert and bestselling author Jeetendr Sehdev.

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The vote regarding Weinstein could have implications for the academy in the future, since it will nearly surely be used as a benchmark when other situations involving members arise.

The Hollywood Reporter reported on Saturday that the board of governors, which includes Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Whoopi Goldberg, voted to strip away Weinstein's lifetime membership.

Given the outsized role Weinstein has played in the Oscars for decades, being censured by an organization he so assiduously courted comes as a particularly sharp rebuke.

Other A-listers including Bill Cosby, Roman Polanski and Mel Gibson have all been investigated for their treatment of women but have escaped expulsion.

Since then, other big-name Hollywood actresses - including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow - have come forward to share their own harassment stories involving Weinstein. Although Weinstein has won only one Oscar, for producing the 1998 film Shakespeare In Love, the companies Weinstein co-founded with his brother, Miramax and The Weinstein Company, have produced or distributed movies that have been nominated for 341 Academy Awards and won 81 of them.

The studio fired him on Sunday, October 8, and is exploring a sale or shutdown, according to the Wall Street Journal. Weinstein's wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, announced days later that she would leave her husband in light of the accusations.

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