Friday 18 January 2019

Harvey Weinstein expelled from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board

Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board have voted to expel Harvey Weinstein by "well in excess of the required two-thirds majority" over allegations of sexual assault.

A string of harassment and assault allegations that have emerged against Weinstein over the last week, including a recent claim by actress Rose McGowan that he raped her.

Weinstein's spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister said: "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein."

Three women had previously accused Weinstein of rape in an article in the New Yorker, claims he also denied.

Roy Price, the head of Amazon Studios, has been accused of ignoring Rose McGowan's allegations that Weinstein raped her.

He is also accused of sexually harassing Isa Hackett, the producer of Amazon show The Man In The High Castle, according to trade magazine The Hollywood Reporter.

In a memo to Amazon employees seen by the Press Association, Jeff Blackburn, senior VP of business development, said: "The news coming out of Hollywood over the past week has been shocking and disturbing - and unfortunately we are a part of it. It's sad and very disappointing to me.

"Amazon does not tolerate harassment or abuse of our employees or our business partners.

"If a concern is brought to our attention, we investigate it quickly and thoroughly. Sometimes we will hire an outside investigator to ensure impartiality.

"I'd like to emphasise, that at any time, if you have any concerns related to harassment or abuse at Amazon, please immediately report the incident to your manager, your HR business partner, the legal department, or the Amazon Ethics Hotline.

"I recognise that you may have questions as a result of the recent media reporting, but please understand that we cannot discuss the specifics of investigations that we conduct regarding the behaviour of individual employees.

"As you know, Roy Price is on leave of absence for an indefinite period of time."

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