As allegations continue to mount against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, it’s now been confirmed that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) – the organization behind the Oscars – has followed BAFTA in Britain by expelling him from their organization.
In a statement from The Academy, it confirmed that its board “voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority” to expel him.
Harvey Weinstein has faced accusations now from over 20 women of sexual assault over the past weeks, including an allegation of rape from Rose McGowan. McGowan has tirelessly campaigned – and taken a significant career hit – against sexual predators in the film industry. Her Twitter feed is continuing that campaign here.
Only one other person has ever been expelled from the Academy, and that was an actor, Carmine Caridi, who had apparently lent preview discs to a friend.
Harvey Weinstein is under investigation from the police in America and the UK, and he appears to be hiring lots of lawyers to fight the allegations being put to him. His brother, Bob, has described him as a “predator.” Charges have not yet been brought.
Meanwhile, the bravery of the people speaking out about their horrific experiences at the hands of those in power in Hollywood, is nothing short of incredible.