Academy Kicks Out Harvey Weinstein

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Harvey Weinstein has been kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after an emergency board meeting on Saturday. He is no longer a member and has been stripped of his voting rights.

Weinstein was fired a week ago from the company he co-founded following harassment and assault allegations going back decades.

The board is made up of 54 members, including Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. The number of votes to remove Weinstein was well above the two thirds needed. The Academy has been criticized in the past for ignoring other allegations of sexual misconduct. Woody Allen, Casey Affleck and Roman Polanski have all won Oscars despite such claims. Bill Cosby is still an academy member.

More decisions will be made regarding Weinstein’s future. France is discussing whether to revoke his Legion of Honour, the country’s highest civilian distinction, according to President Emmanuel Macron’s office Saturday.

The Producers Guild of America will hold an emergency board meeting on Monday to decide whether Weinstein should be kicked out of the organization. In 2012, he received the PGA’s Milestone Award.

Women continue to come forward about Weinstein’s inappropriate behavior. Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow allege harassment as well as Minka Kelly, Kate Beckinsale, Mira Sorvino and Rose McGowan.

Weinstein had his share of accomplishments. His biggest was getting his film Shakespeare in Love to beat out Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture in 1999. His fall from grace was swift and harsh. The “Oscar Whisperer” is no more and deservedly so.

 

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