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Producers Guild Votes to Expel Harvey Weinstein
Oct 17, 2017 by: WENN
The national board of directors has voted unanimously to remove Harvey Weinstein from the Producers Guild of America.
The vote to terminate the 65-year-old's membership is in response to the sexual harassment scandal first unveiled in stories in The New York Times and The New Yorker this month. A string of actresses have alleged that the former mogul acted inappropriately with them, including Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Italian actress Asia Argento, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Editors at the New York Times also reported that the former studio head, who was fired from the board of The Weinstein Company on October 8, paid some of the actresses substantial settlements as a result of their complaints.
PGA Presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary announced the decision in a statement on Monday. "This morning, the PGA’s National Board of Directors and Officers decided by unanimous vote to institute termination proceedings concerning Harvey Weinstein’s membership," the statement reads.
Lucchesi and McCreary noted the step was taken as part of a snowballing effort "to ensure that sexual abuse and harassment are eradicated from the industry."
The guild's rules stipulate there is cause for removal of "any member of the guild who shall, in the opinion of the national board of directors, be guilty of any act, omission, or conduct which is prejudicial to the welfare of the guild."
Weinstein has 15 days to appeal the decision, which will be finalized on November 6.
The news follows the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' decision to expel the disgraced power player on Saturday.
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