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The shockwaves from the ongoing Harvey Weinstein bombshells continue to ripple through the film industry, with the latest coming from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, arguably the biggest body of representation in Weinstein's profession. Following the revelation that Weinstein was being accused by numerous women of being a serial sexual predator, the Academy issued a stern statement condemning Weinstein's alleged actions. Now, however, the group is meeting to discuss whether he should be expelled from the Academy... an action that has only been taken one time with an Academy member.
An emergency meeting is being held on Saturday by the 54 members of the Academy's board of governors to discuss how best to handle Harvey Weinstein's status as an Academy member in the wake of these horrifying allegations. Past Academy presidents have made it clear that Weinstein should be removed immediately, with former Academy President Sid Ganis basically stating that Weinstein was, in effect, already out of the membership.
The ongoing Harvey Weinstein controversy really is unlike anything that we have seen in our lifetime, where a major film executive faces accusations from numerous women, and might face legal repercussions once all of the dust has settled (and it's nowhere near done settling at this moment). So the Academy has to react. But as mentioned, membership in the Academy has been on a "for life" basis, and the only person ever removed from the Academy was Carmine Caridi, who lost his membership after copies of his Oscar-contending screeners ended up online. Caridi was found to be in violation of an existing policy. The Academy now needs to figure out what line to draw in the sand regarding Harvey Weinstein and his behavior.
Most of the Academy members interviewed by THR support an immediate removal of Harvey Weinstein, even as it would establish a precedent that could impact the membership of other members. One anonymous public relations branch manager said to the trade:
They have issued a statement. Will they do more than that this weekend? We will find out soon enough.