Producers Guild of America Moves to Expel Harvey Weinstein
The guild has also created a new Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force.
The Producers Guild of America voted Monday to begin the process of expelling disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein from its ranks. His expulsion is not immediately effective since the guild, following its bylaws, must go through a termination process.
PGA presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary said in a statement, "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 Nov. 6, 2017."
Calling "sexual harassment of any type ... completely unacceptable," the PGA all announced that its national board and officers — which is composed of 20 women and 18 men — has created an Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force "specifically charged with researching and proposing substantive and effective solutions to sexual harassment in the entertainment industry."
The PGA’s constitution contains a section on discipline that states “the guild shall, at all times, have the right to discipline its members,” and goes on to say “any member of the guild who shall, in the opinion of the national board of directors, be guilty of any act, omission, or conduct which is prejudicial to the welfare of the guild … may at the discretion of the national board of directors, be censured, fined, suspended, expelled from membership or his membership otherwise terminated.”
It also describes the process the guild must go through before it can expel a member. Any member facing expulsion must be given a copy of the charges 15 days before the termination and has the right to appear before the board in person at least five days before the termination takes place.
Just four years ago, Weinstein and his brother Bob were feted by the PGA at its 2013 awards ceremony, where they were presented with the Milestone Award, the guild's highest honor, “recognizing an individual or team who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry.”
Weinstein, who has become a Hollywood pariah since multiple allegations of sexual harassment, abuse and even rape have been lodged against him, was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Saturday and has also been suspended by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
The full statement from PGA presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary follows:
“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.”