Academy of Motion Pictures to Meet over Allegations Against Weinstein

The Academy called the allegations against Weinstein “repugnant” and “abhorrent.”

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(Reuters) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organizes the Oscars, said on Wednesday that it would hold a special meeting on Saturday to discuss allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein.

“The Academy finds the conduct described in the allegations against Harvey Weinstein to be repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the Academy and the creative community it represents,” the Academy said in a statement.

“The Board of Governors will be holding a special meeting on Saturday, October 14, to discuss the allegations against Weinstein and any actions warranted by the Academy.”

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“I came of age in the 60s and 70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different,” Weinstein offers as reasoning for allegedly harassing women over a period of three decades.

Weinstein’s spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister did not immediately return a request for comment on the Academy’s statement.

The statement follows allegations that Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted a number of women over the past three decades.

Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

Earlier on Wednesday, Weinstein was suspended from the British film academy BAFTA.

“In light of recent very serious allegations, BAFTA has informed Harvey Weinstein that his membership has been suspended, effective immediately,” the academy said in a statement.

Weinstein won an Oscar in 1999 for producing best picture winner “Shakespeare in Love.”

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  • Michael J. "Orange Mike" Lowrey

    Suit-wearing executives, sexually harassing, assaulting and exploiting less powerful people? How could such things be?

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  • This kind of behavior has been going on for decades (look at the guy in the WH). It’s just indicative of the way rich folks have been operating (or allowed to operate) for years. As long as you have money and power, people are willing to look the other way and keep quiet as long as it benefits them. Now, there’s all this outrage for what was known to have been going on, unchecked and condoned, for years. Really?

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    • Yes, this behavior has been going on forever – who hadn’t heard about the “casting couches”? But if it’s taken until now for the victims to finally have a voice and to publically say “no more”, good for them. It hasn’t just been Hollywood – it’s been happening in every corner of every job market for as long as I’ve lived. No more!

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