Academy of Motion Pictures meets over allegations against Weinstein

London, Oct. 12, 2017 (TNE) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organises the Oscars, said it would hold a special meeting on Oct. 14, to discuss allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein.

Film maker 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,” it 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.”

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

The statement followed 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.”

Weinstein was fired earlier in the week by the board of his company.

He is one of the biggest film producers and was behind films including Shakespeare in Love, The King’s Speech and Pulp Fiction.

The Weinstein Company directors said that “in light of new information about misconduct,” his employment had been terminated “effective immediately”.

(TNE)

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