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Weinstein a pariah

Harvey Weinstein

Los Angeles: Hollywood's de facto governing body, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has voted overwhelmingly to "immediately expel" Harvey Weinstein, breaking with 90 years of precedent and turning one of the biggest Oscar players in history into a hall-of-fame pariah.

The academy's 54-member board of governors made the decision at an emergency session on Saturday after investigations revealed sexual harassment and rape allegations against him going back decades.

The academy said the vote was "well in excess of the required two-thirds majority".

It added: "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 wilful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behaviour 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 academy said it would "work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all members will be expected to exemplify".

Weinstein has denied the rape allegations.

New York Times News Service

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