Harvey Weinstein — 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 in response to mounting allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault against him.
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 Saturday 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.
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.”
Bob Weinstein has finally broken his silence about the numerous public allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault recently made against his older brother, Harvey Weinstein, denying that he had any knowledge of any non-consensual sexual activity and calling for his brother's expulsion from the film academy.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the Weinstein Co. co-founder described the days since learning about the accusations against his brother as "a living nightmare" while unequivocally denying that he had any knowledge of the extent of his brother's actions.
"For the last five years, I've probably talked to my brother 10 times on any personal level," Weinstein admitted, regarding the pair's strained relationship. "That's the fracture that's gone on. Since Dimension [Films] started, we ran two separate companies."
The Producers Guild of America, which had been scheduled to hold an emergency meeting Saturday to discuss the possible expulsion from its ranks of embattled film mogul Harvey Weinstein, has moved that meeting to Monday morning.
In a statement, the PGA said the meeting of the group's board of directors was postponed "to ensure confidentiality of its proceedings."
Since allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Weinstein surfaced on Oct. 5, numerous individuals and organizations in Hollywood associated with Weinstein have scrambled to distance themselves from him.
In 10 short days, Harvey Weinstein has been fired from his company and denounced by many of the celebrities he helped launch to stardom. On Saturday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences could deliver another blow when it meets to decide whether to boot him from its ranks.
The academy's 54-member board of governors scheduled the emergency meeting after reports emerged in the New York Times and the New Yorker that the film producer sexually assaulted or harassed multiple actresses, models and former employees.
Under academy bylaws, the board -- of which nearly half are women -- could vote to suspend or expel Weinstein.
As stories of assault, harassment and misconduct involving disgraced movie producer and studio chief Harvey Weinstein have rolled in at a rapid pace, many have wondered about the response from two star filmmakers who have operated in his orbit: Quentin Tarantino and Michael Moore.
Tarantino was finally heard from late Thursday, when actress Amber Tamblyn posted a statement online from the director, declaring himself “stunned and heartbroken about the revelations that have come to light about my friend for 25 years Harvey Weinstein.”
Minka Kelly is among the many young actresses claiming she was inappropriately propositioned by disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.
She's also among those who have declined his alleged advances, Kelly said in an Instagram post she shared Friday.
However, the actress, who appeared in the Weinstein Co.-distributed Lee Daniels film "The Butler" in 2013, felt the need to apologize for "obliging his orders to be complicit in protecting his behavior," making him "feel OK about the gross things he was saying" and not insisting that her reps "never allow anyone to take a meeting in a hotel room" with him or anyone else.
What better day than Friday the 13th for Netflix to release the final trailer for Season 2 of "Stranger Things," which finds the gang still facing the monster in all its Upside Down glory.
"It's not like it was before," says police Chief Jim Hopper, played by David Harbour. "It's grown."
Hmm. It was pretty big last season, so this doesn't bode well. Fortunately, a few new characters have joined the core group as the story picks up in 1984, a year after the first season's events. And Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) still has that spiked baseball bat in his trunk.
Late-night comedy welcomed a new face to its lineup Thursday night, and with her debut episode of "The Rundown," Robin Thede is already off to a promising start.
Thede already knows the landscape as a former contributor to Larry Wilmore's canceled "The Nightly Show" on Comedy Central, where she also became late-night's first black female head writer. In her new show for BET produced by Chris Rock, Thede took aim at some familiar targets but with a fresh perspective.
After a short opening skit involving Thede acting out a sort of outreach for a Donald Trump supporter, the show began with the segment that gives the show its name. Thede stood before a chart listing her night's topics, which included Eminem's freestyle rap that took aim at Trump at BET's Hip-Hop Awards early this week.
Ashley Judd will be feted by the Women's Media Center, receiving the Speaking Truth to Power honor at the Women's Media Awards in New York on Oct. 26.
Judd was a critical and high-profile source in the New York Times' recent bombshell story about Harvey Weinstein's decades of alleged sexual harassment and assault.
“It's crucial to call out those like Harvey Weinstein who misuse big power, and also to reward those who risk what small power they have by telling the truth,“ Gloria Steinem, co-founder of the Women’s Media Center, said in a statement Friday.