The organisation behind the Oscars has expelled disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein following a number of allegations of sexual assault made against the film producer.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said its board “voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority” to expel him.
The Academy’s 54-member board of governors, which includes the likes of Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Whoopi Goldberg, held an emergency meeting at the organisation’s Beverly Hills headquarters yesterday and voted to strip away Weinstein’s lifetime membership.
Weinstein’s films have raked in 81 Oscar awards more than 300 nominations.
In a statement, the Academy said governors voted to expel Weinstein “not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of wilful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behaviour and workplace harassment in our industry is over”.
They added: “What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society.”
More than two dozen women, including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, had made accusations against Weinstein, with actress Rose McGowan claiming he raped her in a hotel room.
Police forces in the US and the UK are investigating the allegations.
Weinstein, 65, has apologised for some of his behaviour but insisted that any sexual contact he had were consensual. He also denies accusations of criminal sexual harassment, rape and sexual assault.
Hosting the AmFar Gala on Friday night, James Cordon received a mixed reaction after performing a series of jokes about the recent revelations involving Weinstein.