Harvey Weinstein Expelled From Motion Picture Academy

Update: According to the LA Times, Harvey Weinstein's reign in Hollywood is officially over: the embattled film mogul — a once-dominant force in the Academy Awards who rewrote the rules of Oscar campaigning — has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Hollywood’s de facto governing body, in response to mounting allegations of sexual harassment and assault against him.

In removing Weinstein from its ranks, the academy said in a statement, "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. 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."

The Academy's board of governors made the decision at an emergency session after investigations by The New York Times and The New Yorker revealed sexual harassment and rape allegations against him going back decades. In a statement, the academy said the vote was “well in excess of the required two-thirds majority.”

The film academy’s 54-member board of governors, which includes such industry luminaries as Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Kathleen Kennedy and Whoopi Goldberg, voted in an emergency meeting on Saturday morning to remove Weinstein from the organization’s ranks in an unprecedented public rebuke of a prominent industry figure. The move marked the latest blow in Weinstein’s stunning downfall and, in symbolic terms, amounts to a virtual expulsion from Hollywood itself.

As the NYT adds, although largely symbolic, the ouster of Mr. Weinstein from the roughly 8,400-member academy is stunning because the organization is not known to have taken such action before — not when Roman Polanski, a member, pleaded guiltyin a sex crime case involving a 13-year-old girl; not when women came forward to accuse Bill Cosby, a member, of sexual assault; and not when Mel Gibson allegedly went on anti-Semitic tirade during a drunk driving arrest in 2006 or pleaded no contest to a charge of battery against an old girlfriend in 2011.

Since reports of Weinstein's alleged misconduct toward dozens of women first surfaced in the New York Times on Oct. 5, the academy had been under increasing pressure to take action against him. On Tuesday, the National Organization for Women publicly called for Weinstein's removal, stating, "A sexual predator doesn't deserve the privilege of an academy membership — and all the opportunities to wield outsize power that come with it."

Twenty-one members of the film academy's board are women — as is its chief executive, Dawn Hudson — and in recent years the organization has taken steps to dramatically increase the number of women in its historically overwhelmingly male ranks.
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Earlier:

Bob Weinstein Speaks Out For First Time: "Harvey Has No Remorse"

Harvey Weinstein’s brother and former business partner Bob Weinstein – rumored to be the mastermind behind the twin exposes that helped topple his brother – has finally spoken out: he says he knew his brother Harvey was a cheater, but was unaware when it came to the extent of his “sick and depraved” ways, the New York Post reported.

He also denied a WSJ report that the Weinstein Company’s board is exploring a sale or shutdown in the wake of the scandal, saying only that he and his remaining partners have a plan for the business – adding that they would probably change the company’s name to something not so “familial.”

“I thought he was literally just going out there cheating in a pervasive way,” Weinstein company co-founder Bob Weinstein told The Hollywood Reporter.

 

“But as far as being in a room and hearing the description in The New York Times? No way. No f—in’ way was I aware that that was the type of predator he was… I thought they were all consensual situations.”

Bob, 62, said he was “ashamed” and “disgusted” by the dozens of sexual assault and harassment allegations against his brother spanning thee decades.

“I’m mortified and disgusted by my brother’s actions. And I am sick for the victims. And I feel for them. I feel for them,” the father of three said.

Weinstein, who described his brother as a bully, said he’s spoken with Harvey only around 10 times in the past five years, adding that he himself has been the subject of a lot of his brother’s verbal and physical abuse.

“I asked him to get help for many years. And that’s the truth. He avoided getting the help. We begged him,” Weinstein said.

Weinstein says he’s spoken to his brother twice since the allegations surfaced, and that he hasn’t expressed an ounce of remorse.

“Harvey has no remorse whatsoever. I have spoken to him… hoping to hear “Oh my God, what have I done?” I didn’t hear that,” he said. “I heard a guy who still was fighting to get back and I was disgusted by it. Do you know how disgusted I am?”

Bob Weinstein co-founded the Weinstein Company with his brother in 2005 and confirmed that he’s not putting it up for sale.

He also rebutted claims that the company could be facing financial ruin because of the scandal, saying the studio is in good financial health.

And he hopes – now that his brother is out of the picture for good – that the company will be able to move on from the scandal.

However, given the timespan during which Weinstein was actively abusing and harassing women, making settlements and offering NDAs to cover his tracks, it’s difficult to imagine that his colleagues at Weinstein Co. were totally in the dark about Harvey’s behavior. 

Comments

Akzed BennyBoy Sat, 10/14/2017 - 17:16 Permalink

“I asked him to get help for many years. And that’s the truth. He avoided getting the help. We begged him,” Weinstein said.

This is an amazing admission. It contradicts his assertion that all these casting couch assaults were consensual, and reveals that he knew the ugly truth for "many years." He deserves a radical penisectomy too.

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krispkritter Akzed Sat, 10/14/2017 - 18:06 Permalink

I vote for a cranial-ectomy; off with his head(not the small one).  A number of doctors have said there is no such thing as 'sex addiction', and  a number of studies show there is no cure for pedophila or this predatory behavior.  HW is not a victim of his addiction, he's a fucking predator, many, many times over.  What do you do to a coyote that preys on your livestock?  You shoot it in the fucking head.  Are you going to send it to a rehab so it won't eat your livestock? Um, no, because that's not going to work.  SHOOT IT IN THE FUCKING HEAD.  Thank God I don't have any daughters that may fall victim to these scum.  This has been documented for f'ing ever in Hollywood and corporate circles of men(sometimes women) in positions of power and wealth.  Tear off the scab, roast these pricks on an open fire, and bask in the warmth of their burning.  This shit does not happen in a decent society without consequences just like the financial rape of the people.  String the bastards up and dare the next motherfucker to test the line.  I fucking dare you.  When we start hanging these fucks and the bankers, I'll dance a jig, sotted on bourbon, gun in hand. (disclaimer: already started on the bourbon)

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Razor_Edge Akzed Sat, 10/14/2017 - 19:13 Permalink

You can't get help for evil behaviour. We choose and habituate how we behave. And we only change when we choose to. We always do what we most want to do. Think about that. If we didn't really want to do shit, would we really do it?  So how is someone going to help the {{{beast}}} to change his behaviour? That kind of change we can only do for ourselves, when we want to be different more than we want to stay the same.

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fleur de lis BennyBoy Sun, 10/15/2017 - 00:49 Permalink

Yep, Bob Weinswine is just as sleazy as his brother.No way was Bob in the dark about Harvey.Harvey was simply spinning out of control and Bob figured this was a good time to drop the dime and get rid of him.It's just that Bob did not consider that the sleaze was so exponentially pervasive in every direction that it would engulf him and his whole rotten company.The filthy Weinswine brothers are sewer rats who made more than a few disgusting movies so they will not be missed. Let them return to the swamp from whence they emerged.

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Cplus Manthong Sat, 10/14/2017 - 20:43 Permalink

Does anyone know the over/under on Harvey's accusers?The last actual count I saw was 34 , but it's probably well passed that now.The first week or so it seemed to be mainly bicoastals and Brits; The Canadians and continental euros have been having a go the last few days.If Harvey is an equal opportunity sex offender (allegedly), there are still a few other continents that may contribute to the discussion before the tally is closed, plus possibly flyover country where he probably didn't spend much time, rehab and sundance excepted.

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Yog Soggoth malek Sat, 10/14/2017 - 20:39 Permalink

Meryl Streep Loves Roman Polanski - YouTube .  She just jumped on the bandwagon like she never missed a beat. Walked through Hollyweird and never saw a thing. Jack Nicklaus was at the pool when Roman was diddling the girl. Just attention seekers says the janitor. Just like Hillary's first court case defending a rapist against a 12 year old girl. Backfire is what I am looking for. For those sitting on a fence, I will be the first to punch you so hard in the face you may never recover.

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True Blue JRobby Sat, 10/14/2017 - 18:22 Permalink

The only part these pieces of excrement don't condone is getting caught.Hollywood, NFL, NBA etc. etc. ad nauseam -you're all going down. Your little crack-binge at the expense of the good people of this country is over; the door has been kicked open on your tawdry little worlds and it won't be shutting anytime soon.

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Mr. Universe True Blue Sat, 10/14/2017 - 19:02 Permalink

You have to wonder, perhaps they are exposing this stuff to normalize the behavior. Hey everyone is doing it. If it's tawdry, it seems to attract even more hero worship. Heard some music playing at the Tower Mart where I get propane. Gunga blump dah ...I don't know it was some chick moaning and speaking ebonics to a sampled beat I guess. If this is what is selling to the young people of today, there is no hope.

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