We have learned that following Harvey Weinstein’s huge sexual harassment scandal, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to expel the disgraced member. The decision was taken today during an emergency meeting when it was concluded that Weinstein does ‘not deserve his colleagues’ respect.’
‘We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who doesn’t 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 is at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society,’ a statement from the film academy’s board read.
The board, led by executive Dawn Hudson includes huge names such as Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Whoopi Goldberg and Kathleen Kennedy.
21 of the members are female, and the board has been taking the right steps towards increasing that number.
Following the Motion Picture Academy’s decision to remove Harvey, the Producers Guild of America is also set to hold a meeting on Monday and decide whether or not a similar action should be taken by them as well.
Harvey’s fall from grace first started last week when The New York Times published an article claiming the Hollywood producer has been sexually harassing women for over three decades.
Ever since then, many more A-listers have decided to speak out against the man and reveal they are also victims of his.