The decision was reached Saturday in an emergency session. It comes after recent reports that revealed sexual harassment and rape allegations against Weinstein going back decades. The move by the Academy is virtually unprecedented.
In a brief statement, the Academy said it sends a message that "sexually predatory behavior" in the film industry is over.
"The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors met today to discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and has voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy. 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."
Weinstein was ousted a week ago from The Weinstein Company, the movie and TV production company he co-founded and which now is struggling to survive this scandal.
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