Sid Ganis, a former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on Thursday became the person closest to the Academy's current leadership to weigh in on the Harvey Weinstein scandal, slamming the disgraced movie mogul as "evil on every front" and encouraging the Academy to "consider condemning him in the most forceful terms."
"As much as we industry-ites were combative with him on projects, that's how much we admired his accomplishments as a practitioner of film art," Ganis, who presided over the Academy from 2005 through 2009, tells The Hollywood Reporter. "We (some of us) could live with that and take the rough, tough Harvey with a grain of salt."
But, Ganis continues, "Turns out he was also the lowest of lowlifes. Evil on every front. Disappointing to his family and friends and horrifying to the women he massacred. No forgiving that. Never."
The Academy's board of governors is holding an emergency meeting on Saturday to, it has announced, "discuss the allegations against Weinstein and any actions warranted by the Academy."
As far as what action the board should take, Ganis said, "The Academy should consider condemning him in the most forceful terms. Kick him out? He's already out."