Sunday, 15 October 2017

Oscars, BAFTA expel Harvey Weinstein from its board following sexual harassment scandal

In the latest and perhaps most symbolic blow to Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein since a host of sexual harassment and assault allegations went public some days ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (OSCARS) board voted on Saturday to strip Weinstein's membership.

In a statement, the academy said the action, which is effective immediately, was intended "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.”

The Oscars' UK counterpart, BAFTA, suspended Weinstein on Wednesday morning, calling his alleged behavior “completely unacceptable and incompatible with Bafta’s values.”

He also faces separate action from the Producers Guild of America.

The academy's decision voted on by its 54 board members in a special meeting continues what amounts to an industry-wide attempt to purge Weinstein from the place he has occupied in the film business.

Although academy members have been disciplined for violating its rules, there is virtually no precedent for ousting someone in the face of a scandal.

Weinstein's brother Bob, CEO of the Weinstein Co., said that Harvey "definitely should be kicked out" of the academy in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter.

In the emotional interview, Bob Weinstein said,“I have a brother that’s indefensible and crazy.”

“I find myself in a waking nightmare. My brother has caused unconscionable suffering. As a father of three girls I say this with every bone in my body – I am heartbroken for the women that he has harmed.”

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