During the special session held in Los Angeles on Saturday morning, the Academy's board of governors voted to expel Harvey Weinstein due to allegations he sexually harassed or assaulted a number of women over the past three decades.
The organization stated: "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."
Hollywood stars took to Twitter to welcome the Oscars board's decision on the fate of the disgraced movie mogul.
As a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences I am proud of their decision to expel Harvey Weinstein.— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) 14 октября 2017 г.
Amen, the academy!!!— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) 14 октября 2017 г.
Actress Mia Farrow, whose son Ronan is the author of the New Yorker article in which three women alleged that Weinstein had raped them, also expressed her satisfaction with the vote results.
Proud of the @TheAcademy! Harvey Weinstein is out. There are others- but hopefully we are witnessing the end of an awful era.— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) 14 октября 2017 г.
Several celebrities likened Weinstein to Trump as they shared their thoughts on the Academy's decision to revoke Weinstein's membership.
Here’s the difference: the movie academy voted Weinstein out. The GOP voted Trump in.— Bill Prady (@billprady) 14 октября 2017 г.
So now that we’ve dealt with Weinstein what are we going to do about Trump?— Josh Gad (@joshgad) 14 октября 2017 г.
Now that the Academy has acted, it's time for Congress to step up and remove the Predator in Chief— Rene Auberjonois (@reneauberjonois) 14 октября 2017 г.
Only one other member has been expelled by the Academy throughout its 90-year history — actor Carmine Caridi, who violated specific written rules about sharing screener copies of films on February 3, 2004. Some entertainment figures with high-profile sexual or domestic assault allegations made against them, including Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby and Mel Gibson, are still members of the organization.
BREAKING: Oscars Academy expels Harvey Weinstein over 'sexually predatory behaviour'.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) 14 октября 2017 г.
* Child rapist Roman Polanski remains a member. pic.twitter.com/fRlzcXYaZp
After a recent journalistic investigation by The New York Times and The New Yorker, Weinstein faces allegations of sexual misconduct and rape from about 30 women, including actresses Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, Italian model Ambra Battilana and several Miramax and Weinstein Company female employees. He has apologized for having "caused a lot of pain" but has forcefully denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.
Since the allegations surfaced, the 65-year-old producer has been suspended by the British Film Academy and fired from the board of the Weinstein Company. His wife, Georgina Chapman, who married him in 2007 and has two children with him, has chosen to leave Mr. Weinstein.