The board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to expel Harvey Weinstein following numerous allegations of assault on him.
The organization behind the Oscars said its board “voted well above the required two-thirds majority” to expel the Hollywood film producer.
Board members include Hollywood figures such as Tom Hanks and Upie Goldberg.
Harvey Weinstein’s films have received more than 300 Oscar nominations and won 81.
In a statement, the academy said governors voted to oust Harvey Weinstein “not just to separate from someone who does not deserve the respect of his colleagues, but also to send a message that the era of deliberate ignorance and shameful complicity in ** ** predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over. ”
They added: “This is a deeply troubling issue that has no place in our society.”
The emergency board meeting was followed by an avalanche of charges against Harvey Weinstein by more than two dozen women, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rose McGowan, who allegedly raped her in a hotel room.
New York police and British police are investigating the allegations.
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Harvey Weinstein apologized for some aspects of his behavior, but insisted that all contacts he had agreed, and he denied the allegations of harassment, rape and assault.
The eviction of the 65-year-old comes after Bob Weinstein told Hollywood reporter that his “sick and depraved” brother must be “expelled” from the Academy.
The expulsion of Harvey Weinstein means that he will no longer be able to vote for Oscar nominees or winners.
Hollywood figures were quick to praise the move, but some called on the Academy to take similar action against other members.
This is only the second time a member has been expelled. Carmine Caridi canceled her membership in 2004 after allegedly sending confidential videos to preview a movie to a friend who eventually went online.
As a co-founder of Miramax Pictures and Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein produced some of the most famous films, including Criminal,, The English patient and Shakespeare in love.
Harvey Weinstein was grateful dozens of times in his speeches for the Oscars, and in 2012 Meryl Streep jokingly called him “God” on stage.
As accusations against Harvey Weinstein began to rise in recent days, the burden of the film industry came out publicly to condemn him, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) suspended his membership.
The French government is reportedly considering repealing Harvey Weinstein’s Legion of Honor, France’s highest civilian honor, and some British politicians have called for his CBE honorary title to be revoked.
During an interview with Hollywood reporter, Bob Weinstein called his brother “sick and depraved” and said he had no idea of ”the type of predator he is.”
Bob Weinstein declined to comment on reports that he and the board of the Weinstein Company were aware of his brother’s agreements with women during recent contract negotiations, saying only that the board “does not know the extent of my brother’s actions.”
He went on to call Harvey Weinstein’s apology “complete madness” and “lame justification.”
“I’ll tell you what I knew,” he said.
“Harvey was a bully, Harvey was arrogant … what I knew.”
Earlier, Bob Weinstein denied media reports that the Weinstein company, which put Harvey Weinstein on indefinite leave, could now be closed or sold.
However, several major film projects have already been downloaded by the company and reported in Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal said financiers have begun to put pressure on the board to sell.