Producers Guild Board to expel Harvey Weinstein, create sexual harassment task force

Producers Guild Board to expel Harvey Weinstein, create sexual harassment task force
Actor Aziz Ansari, film producer Harvey Weinstein and Cindy Holland, vice president of Original Series for Netflix, attended the Netflix Master Of None S2, Premiere NY Screening 2017 on May 11. The Producers Guild of America national board of directors voted Monday to expel Weinstein. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Netflix)

The Producers Guild of America national board of directors voted unanimously on Monday to expel film producer Harvey Weinstein.

But wait, not so fast.

Weinstein has 15 days, under PGA rules, to present reasons why he should be allowed to stay in the guild, according to Deadline. The expulsion may be finalized on Nov. 6.

He’s been accused of sexual harassment and assault by numerous actresses in Hollywood and beyond, including Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan and Lysette Anthony.

PGA Presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary released a statement on behalf of the PGA National Board of Directors and Officers.

What did the PGA statement say?

“This morning, the PGA’s National Board of Directors and Officers decided by unanimous vote to institute termination proceedings concerning Harvey Weinstein’s membership.

As required by the PGA’s Constitution, Mr. Weinstein will be given the opportunity to respond before the Guild makes its final determination on November 6, 2017.

Sexual harassment of any type is completely unacceptable. This is a systemic and pervasive problem requiring immediate industry-wide action. Today, the PGA’s National Board and Officers – composed of 20 women and 18 men — created the Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force specifically charged with researching and proposing substantive and effective solutions to sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.

The PGA calls on leaders throughout the entertainment community to work together to ensure that sexual abuse and harassment are eradicated from the industry.”

Have other organizations severed ties with Weinstein?

Yes. And the list will likely continue to grow, as well.

Hollywood’s de facto governing body, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, voted overwhelmingly on Saturday to “immediately expel” Weinstein, breaking with 90 years of precedent and turning one of the biggest Oscar players in history into a hall-of-fame pariah, according to The New York Times.

Last week, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced in a statement that Weinstein’s membership had been revoked.

Weinstein was also terminated by the board of his eponymous company, which he and his brother, Bob Weinstein, founded in 2005, ABC News reported. The Weinstein Company has been reportedly put up for sale.

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