The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has called for an emergency board of governors meeting to address the “repugnant” allegations against disgraced Hollywood mogul 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 Wednesday.
“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,” it said.
Mr. Weinstein, who is facing numerous allegations of sexual harassment and assault, has been a member of the Academy for more than 20 years and took home an Oscar as a producer of “Shakespeare In Love” in 1999, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Meanwhile, the two companies he founded, Miramax and The Weinstein Company, have been awarded five best picture Oscars for “Shakespeare in Love,” “The English Patient,” “Chicago,” “The King’s Speech” and “The Artist.”
Earlier Wednesday, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced it had suspended Mr. Weinstein’s membership in light of “very serious allegations” against the film producer reported by The New York Times and The New Yorker.
“Whilst BAFTA has previously been a beneficiary of Mr Weinstein’s support for its charitable work, it considers the reported alleged behaviour completely unacceptable and incompatible with BAFTA’s values,” BAFTA said in a statement. “This has led to Mr Weinstein’s suspension, and it will be followed by a formal process as laid out in BAFTA’s constitution. We hope this announcement sends a clear message that such behavior has absolutely no place in our industry.”