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The Television Academy voted Monday to expel disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein from its ranks for life. The decision comes after more than 70 women have come forward accusing him of sexual misconduct.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the Television Academy said: “After a hearing today, the Television Academy’s governance has voted to expel Harvey Weinstein from the Academy for life. The Academy supports those speaking out against harassment in all forms and stands behind those who have been affected by this issue. The unfolding and widespread examples of this horrific behavior are deeply disturbing to the Academy’s leadership. We have been in contact with leaders across the industry and share with them a deep sense of responsibility to provide clear workplace benchmarks reflecting decency and respect. As a result, we are expediting an already-begun detailed review and revision of our Television Academy membership codes of conduct. We are determined to play a role in protecting all television professionals from predatory harassment, ensuring they are able to practice their craft in a safe environment.”
The Television Academy’s decision to start the process of expelling Weinstein follows that of several other entertainment bodies who have moved quickly in the wake of the avalanche of claims against the producer. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to strip Weinstein of membership; BAFTA suspended his membership; and he resigned from the Producers Guild of America after the organization began the process of removing him from their ranks. Weinstein was also fired from The Weinstein Co.
Over the length of his TV producing career, Weinstein has earned 17 Emmy nominations, primarily for fashion reality show Project Runway and for HBO’s Project Greenlight.
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