Harvey Weinstein expelled from Oscars committee over assault allegations

Harvey Weinstein has been expelled from the Oscars organising committee over allegations of sexual assault.

Saturday, 14th October 2017, 11:01 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 9:05 am
US film producer Harvey Weinstein posing during a photocall as he arrives to attend the De Grisogono Party on the sidelines of the 70th Cannes Film Festival. Picture: AFP PHOTO / Yann COATSALIOUYANN COATSALIOU/AFP/Getty Images

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences board of governors voted to remove the movie producer in the wake of a litany of accusations from stars across the film world.

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The academy said its board had “voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority” to expel Weinstein.

In a statement, they said: “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 behaviour and workplace harassment in our industry is over.”

It added: “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.”