LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled producer Harvey Weinstein on Saturday, after allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted a number of women over the past three decades.
The academy said in a statement that its board of governors “voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy.”
A representative for Weinstein had no immediate comment.
The expulsion from the film industry’s most prestigious organization follows allegations reported by The New York Times and The New Yorker from a number of women that Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them in incidents dating back to the 1980s.
Reuters has been unable to independently confirm any of the allegations. Weinstein, 65, has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.
In announcing the decision to expel Weinstein, the academy said it was also telegraphing a broader message.
“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 said.
“What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society,” it said. “The board continues to work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all Academy members will be expected to exemplify.”
Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy, Ben Klayman and Mary Milliken; Editing by Leslie Adler