As the accusations against Harvey Weinstein continue to surface, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted in favor of removing the disgraced producer from the organization. “The era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over,” a statement from the organization read.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided to expel disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein from the organization Saturday evening in light of the numerous sexual harassment and rape accusations against him. While he has admitted to sexually harassing female actresses over the years, Weinstein has denied the rape accusations.
The 54-member Board of Governors convened for an emergency meeting due to the recent reports about Weinstein’s inappropriate behavior. The majority of the members supported the decision to oust the Hollywood producer. “The era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over,” the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences said in a statement.
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“What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society,” the statement continued. “The Board continues to work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all Academy members will be expected to exemplify.”
While the decision is largely symbolic, it represents an unprecedented move by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. In the past, the organization has remained silent when members were accused of similar crimes. When film director Roman Polanski pleaded guilty in a sex crime case, he was not removed from the organization. In addition, Bill Cosby was not voted out of the body after women came forward and accused him of sexual assault.