The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has expelled veteran Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein following sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations against the movie mogul stretching back decades.
“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,” the Academy’s board said in a statement.
“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,” it added.
The Academy has disciplined members for their behavior in the past, but Weinstein’s expulsion is a rare public rebuke. The decision came after the Academy held an emergency meeting to decide Weinstein’s fate in the organization.
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