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Film Academy Responds to Harvey Weinstein Allegations: ‘Repugnant, Abhorrent’

Variety logo Variety 10/11/2017 Kristopher Tapley
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The sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein are “repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the Academy and the creative community it represents,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement Wednesday.

The organization, which annually hosts the Oscars ceremony, further announced a special meeting of the Academy’s Board of Governors set for Sunday, Oct. 14, “to discuss the allegations against Weinstein and any actions warranted by the Academy.”

Earlier on Wednesday, the British Academy suspended Weinstein “indefinitely,” noting that the organization “considers the reported alleged behavior completely unacceptable and incompatible with BAFTA’s values.”

Weinstein’s films have been a mainstay on the Oscar circuit, from “My Left Foot” in 1989 to “Lion” last year. He himself has been nominated twice, for best picture, including a win for “Shakespeare in Love” in 1999.

The New York Times broke the first story last Thursday, detailing “dozens” of allegations of sexual harassment against Weinstein and revealing settlements with at least eight women, including actress Rose McGowan. Weinstein was forced out of his own company on Sunday.

On Tuesday, the New Yorker dropped another bombshell report alleging that Weinstein had sexually assaulted multiple women. Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow said later that day that Weinstein had sexually harassed him, and a number of A-listers, including Oscar-winners Meryl Streep and George Clooney, have publicly condemned him.


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